Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed ground breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district. Thakur said AIIMS would prove a boon for the people of the State, as they would have access to the word class specialized healthcare facilities nearer to their homes. He said Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super specialty. He said there would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute. Speaking on the occasion, Nadda said AIIMS was being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna and would serve the dual purpose of providing super specialty healthcare to the population, besides creating a pool of doctors and other health workers for providing better healthcare facilities to the people of the State.
He said the institute would also have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy. Nadda said the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theaters and 20 specialty and super specialty departments. In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in traditional system of medicine. He said that 14 AIIMS were sanctioned for different States by the Union Government and Himachal Pradesh was fortunate to get one of the premier institutions. MP Anurag Thakur said that although this project was sanctioned way back in 2014, but it could take off only in 2019 as the previous State Government did not even provide adequate land for this institution. – Daily Pioneer