The long wait for a trauma centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) ended on Monday.
Union minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Monday inaugurated the trauma centre, eight modular operation theatres (OTs) and 250 beds in the C block unit at the outpatient department (OPD).
The inauguration of the eight new modular OTs has taken the total number to 13. The modular OTs have many advanced features – live telecast of the surgery in lecture theatres, sensor-enabled OT doors and inter-connectivity. The launch of the trauma or the emergency unit allows the hospital to admit accident victims. The addition of 250 OPD beds has taken the number to 600.
Choubey said: “From September 2017, many new facilities have been added at the hospital. Thirty-seven of the 41 departments to be opened at the hospital have been launched and other facilities too will come up in the coming months.”
Choubey said the number of patients being treated at AIIMS had gone up despite delay in setting up facilities.
Union rural development minister of state Ram Kripal Yadav, health minister Mangal Pandey, Bettiah MP Sanjay Jaiswal and AIIMS-Patna director Prabhat Kumar Singh attended the function.
Ram Kripal Yadav said: “With the launch of new facilities at the health hub, people will be benefited, as they don’t have to go to AIIMS-Delhi.”
Ram Kripal, who is the local MP, demanded the health minister increase the number of beds to 1050 (sanctioned) and the number of OTs to 33 so that patients get better facilities. Health minister Mangal Pandey said: “The trauma centre or emergency unit will function round-the-clock. Twenty new OTs will come up in two months along with 450 beds.”
The AIIMS director highlighted various facilities added to the hospital in the past year.-Telegraph India