State health minister Dr C Vijayabaskar exuded confidence that All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai will be functional as per schedule. Vijaya Baskar was in Kumbakonam to inspect a government hospital here on Tuesday. Speaking to the reporters, the minister said that “Detailed project report is ready. There is no slowdown in the process. AIIMS will be operational as per the plan as the state government is providing all the cooperation to the construction.” The construction of the AIIMS at Thoppur in Madurai commenced on June 2018. The minister had assured to complete the construction of the 750-bedded hospital in two years from the date of the commencement of the construction.
The minister also told the reporters that the appointment order will be given to 1800 doctors and 4000 nurses recruited for government hospitals in Tamil Nadu soon. “An additional number of nurses will be appointed in all the hospitals in the state,” he added. Vijaya Baskar also said that the government hospital in Kumbakonam will be equipped with the facilities like maternity center at a cost of ₹20 crore, trauma care, MRI scan on par with the Thanjavur medical college hospital. Later, he inaugurated an MRI scan facility worth ₹6 crore at Thanjavur medical college hospital. “The state-of-the-art MRI facility can scan the patients within 10 minutes to 30 minutes. The scan machine with artificial intelligence will produce low noise,” he said.
Vijayabaskar also inaugurated a primary health center (PHC) constructed at a cost of ₹1.50 crore in Kathiramangalam in Thanjavur. State agriculture minister R Duraikannu, Thanjavur collector A Annadurai and others accompanied him during the inspection at the government hospital in Kumbakonam. – TOI