All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) celebrated its fourth Foundation Day today. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways of India. Dr Vibha Datta, director of the institute was present on the occasion.
While addressing the gathering, Gadkari said, admission procedure facility for the critical patients in various health institutes should be available 24×7 as the critical ailments can occur anytime. He also stressed upon the need for constant research and innovation to make low-cost medical equipment and aids for the needy and to work especially on sickle cell anaemia, Thalassemia and Kidney transplant as the percentage of these diseases is comparatively more in Nagpur district and vicinity. 70 % of cases of Sickle cell anaemia and Thalassemia are found in Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Nagpur districts especially in SC and ST communities. Hence, to prevent these diseases, more research work is needed, said the minister. AIIMS have excellent quality operation facilities, expert and renowned doctors so if the facilities and guidance will be made available for the poor and needy patients, they need not to travel all the way to Mumbai and Delhi for treatments. He insisted on the objective to provide cost-effective, affordable healthcare to people of Central India in AIIMS.
The Union Minister said, “Nagpur is developing as a medical hub today, poor patients from Madhya Pradesh as well as surrounding areas in Vidharbha region come here for treatment. Gadchiroli is an aspirational district, lacking health facilities. Therefore, if the doctors of this institute provide telemedicine services through video conferencing system to the poor and needy patients of such remote areas, the patients of those socially and economically backward areas will benefit greatly.”
Nagpur is also a leading city in terms of drug manufacturing. Nitin Gadkari suggested to the administration should inform his ministry about their expectations from government regarding development of the AIIMS institute and to provide better healthcare services to the common people. Gadkari praised the institute’s services during Covid. He expected that. just as medical students need to get better education, it is equally important to provide better healthcare facilities to common people.
The Union Minister appreciated the work on the up-to-date building of the institute. He expressed the hope that the AIIMS, Nagpur will be the best such institution in the world in the future. He informed that the work of developing the road coming to the AIIMS Institute in a double-decker manner will start soon.He further said that Nagpur is the first city in the country to generate revenue of Rs 300 crore per annum by using sewage water for power generation. Now there are AIIMS, IIMs, Triple-IIMs, IITs, Symbiosis University, best engineering colleges, law institutes, MIHAN (The Multi Modal international Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur).
He said that the production of the 11-seater Falcon jet would begin by the end of this year. The work of international airport will also start in next 2-3 months. He said that discussions are going on to build a new railway station near AIIMS. This area is well developed. He said that the problems in the development of city bus service required to come to this institution would be resolved soon. We are making all efforts to make this organization the number one organization in the country.