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AIIMS to get Balasore plot

Bhubaneswar, July 19: The Centre will set up a satellite campus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for northern region of the state in Balasore.

The extended campus will have a 300-bed hospital and all basic requirements available at the premier institute, Union health minister Harsha Vardhan, during his visit to the campus, said today.

The satellite campus will come up on a 25-acre plot already provided by the state government. It will also house a school of International Public Health.

Vardhan, who is on a three-day visit to the state, went around the campus and interacted with patients, doctors and officials before having a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

The institute, which celebrated its foundation day this week, is facing a staff shortage.

“We have only 65 filled positions here. There is a shortfall of nearly 250 posts. In view of the shortage of doctors, we have decided to hire doctors on a contractual basis for the first two years,” he said.

All BSc (nursing) students of AIIMS would receive a monthly stipend of Rs 500, said Vardhan.

The minister also announced an integrated treatment facility for patients combing AYUSH and allopathic medication and techniques in the institute.

At the meeting with Naveen, the state government placed nine demands, including more funds to upgrade three government-run medical colleges in the state, before the minister.