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AIIMS eyes Xmas launch by Modi

Patna, June 21: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan today said AIIMS-Patna would be thrown open to the people on December 25 this year.

During his first visit to AIIMS-Patna, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate the health cradle on December 25, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Union minister spent around two hours at the institute addressing faculty members, officials and students. He also examined construction works on the AIIMS-Patna campus. Later, he travelled to Muzaffarpur to take stock of encephalitis cases along with state health minister Ramdhani Singh and other officials.

Vardhan said: “Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had conceptualised the creation of six new AIIMS in the country to provide the best healthcare facilities to the people. The construction work of AIIMS-Patna would be expedited on a war footing. We expect that people engaged in the construction work of the health cradle would assure the completion of the project soon. Narendra Modi would hand over AIIMS-Patna to the people of the country on Vajpayee’s birthday on December 25 this year.”

He added that the six new AIIMS would have facilities on par with the primary healthcare institutions of the world. Apart from Patna, the other five AIIMS are in Bhopal, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Bhubaneswar and Raipur.

Vardhan recently held a meeting with the directors of the six new AIIMS to discuss the plan of action to expedite the construction. “I want 500 per cent transparency in the construction work of the six AIIMS,” he said.

The Union health minister also spoke about the ambitious project of AIIMS-Delhi under which it is developing various sources of renewable energy on the campus to meet its power requirements. “The subject of environmental and occupational medicine is ignored these days. AIIMS-Delhi has been asked to create a model for this, under which it would create a model to use various sources of renewable energy to meet its requirements. The six new AIIMS, including Patna, should try to develop a similar model,” he said.

Vardhan also asked the authorities of AIIMS-Patna to ascertain the cause of the spread of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome in the state. “You (AIIMS-Patna) being in Patna, it is your responsibility to find the reason behind suspected acute encephalitis syndrome, which has claimed many lives so far. You should also think of ways to get this state rid of kala-azar and other diseases that are prevalent here.”

AIIMS-Patna director G.K. Singh spoke on the recent achievements of the health cradle. “We have decided to start the CT scan, MRI tests in a private-public-partnership mode. These are necessary tests essential to live up to the image of brand AIIMS,” Singh said.