AIIMS opens blood bank

Union minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Sunday dedicated several new facilities to the public, including a blood bank, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna.

By Our correspondent in Patna
  • Published 14.05.18
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Union minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey unveils the blood bank at AIIMS-Patna on Sunday. Telegraph picture

Patna: Union minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Sunday dedicated several new facilities to the public, including a blood bank, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna.

He also opened a new outpatient department (OPD) building, C and D indoor blocks, affordable medicines and reliable plants for treatment (AMRIT) pharmacy, radiotherapy OPD and pain and palliative care unit. While the blood bank, the new OPD building and the C and D indoor blocks are new facilities, the rest were operational at the health hub for sometime.

AIIMS director Prabhat Kumar Singh said an inauguration was organised because some of the facilities were not running from their designated places and on Sunday they started functioning from the designated spots.

A senior doctor with the hospital said the inauguration event was done to make people aware of the facilities that have been launched. He cited an example of a clinic which was earlier a pain treatment centre but now a palliative care has been added to the unit. With the inauguration of the two new indoor blocks, the bed capacity in the indoor wing has increased from 232 to 400.

Singh said the trauma and emergency wing would be operational in the next eight to 10 days. He added that the AIIMS-Patna project would be completed in the next three months (by August).

Senior officials of construction firm BL Kashyap & Sons, which is looking after the AIIMS-Patna project,said construction-related works would be completed by July.

"After the construction-related work, we would work on the campus landscaping," the official said.

Sources in AIIMS-Patna said even after the inauguration of trauma and emergency wing, it won't be able to cater to a large chunk of patients as there would be only 30 beds in the emergency and another 60 beds in the trauma wing.