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Saturday , June 21 , 2014
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AIIMS waits for minister pill today

Everyone at AIIMS-Patna is looking forward to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan’s visit on Saturday with the hope that he would correct all that plagues the institution.

Teachers expect the construction work on the campus to be expedited. Students are optimistic he would assure them of the resources they lack.

Harsh Vardhan is expected to reach the city on Friday night. His itinerary for Saturday includes a two-hour visit to AIIMS. Thereafter, he would be travelling to Muzaffarpur to check the condition of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome patients.

At AIIMS, the minister would address the students and faculty members around 9am.

“We are very happy that the Union health minister will visit our institution tomorrow (Saturday), but we shall not hold any special programme to welcome him. After visiting AIIMS, he would go to Muzaffarpur to meet the suspected encephalitis patients. So, we don’t have much time for a special welcome. Also, not too many students are present in the hostel now,” said G.K. Singh, the AIIMS-Patna director.

At AIIMS, Harsh Vardhan would take a round of the construction site to check the progress. The indoor, outpatient, trauma and emergency departments are yet to be complete.

Singh added: “Harsh Vardhanji would get a first-hand experience of the premier health hub. All of us at AIIMS-Patna are not happy with the sluggish pace of construction work and are hopeful that he would expedite the project.”

The students are expecting the minister would look into the resources they lack.

Second-year student Ashutosh Kumar said: “Our practical is not being held properly and we hope this visit would change that. We attend practical classes in the pharmacology, pathology, forensic medicine and microbiology laboratories, but all of these are short on resources and infrastructure. In the pathology laboratory, we do not have the required specimens or histopathological (microscopic examination of tissues) slides.”

The Centre has assigned different firms the job to provide equipment and specimens required to the institute.