Modi inaugurates Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences in Ahmedabad

Saying that the Government was standing for the poor and focussing on the expansion of health care facilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the state of art, super-speciality public hospital -- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research -- here yesterday. 
Built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the 1500-bed hospital is equipped with all modern amenities, including an air ambulance. 
Mr Modi inspected the facilities at the hospital. He lauded the efforts of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and said, “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad hospital will prove to be a model for other government hospitals in the country.” 
Built at a cost of Rs 750 crore, the 17-floor hospital will provide world class services at an affordable price and is linked with Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Scheme.
Addressing a gathering on this occasion, Mr Modi said, “It is because of Ayushman Bharat there is an increasing need for new hospitals in even smaller towns. New hospitals are opening faster, the demand for doctors and paramedic staff is increasing, thereby creating many employment opportunities are coming up for the  youth in the healthcare sector.” 
The country has seen a major expansion in healthcare facilities and medical education over the past four years which will be of great help in meeting the health care needs of the citizens, he added.
“The Government stands with the poor and its priority for them is reflected in the expansion of health care services and provision of generic drugs at low prices under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana. Around 5000 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been set up across the country,” Mr Modi said. 
He said his Government was committed towards equality of opportunity for all and 10% reservation for general category poor is a step in this direction. For this purpose, the number of seats in educational institutions is being increased by 10%. 
He lauded the Gujarat Government for being the first state to implement the decision to provide 10% reservation for the general category poor in government jobs and educational institutions.

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