1,841 more beds at AIIMS trauma centre



The Union health ministry has approved a Rs 2,700-crore expansion plan for the AIIMS trauma centre here that includes adding 1,841 beds to the existing facility.

The plan assumes significance because of increasing footfall of patients, primarily for tertiary care, at the country's premier medical institute. Estimates show 30,000-40,000 patients visit AIIMS' OPD every day.

The revamp entails separate centres for digestive disorders with 465 beds, endocrinology (244), ENT (334) and spine (200). Bone marrow and kidney transplant centres will be built with 88 and 63 beds, respectively.

While the government has tried to distribute a lot of this traffic by opening new branches of AIIMS in different states, the institute in the capital continues to attract the most number of patients mainly because of its world class infrastructure and competent doctors.

"The expansion of trauma centre along with the upgradation of AI IMS in the states is a part of sustained efforts by the ministry to significantly improve the health infrastructure in the country, " health minister J P Nadda said.

According to a senior official, the project will soon be taken up with the finance ministry for allocation of funds before the proposal is moved to the Cabinet for a final go ahead. The project, as approved by the health ministry, is aimed at completion by March 2019. "Once all the approval comes through this year, we plan to start work and complete it within 40 months," a senior official said.

The project cost includes high-end sophisticated equipment for all the centres planned under the expansion project along with construction cost.As per the plan, the building under the new project will have efficient use of water and energy. It will also encourage "sustainability practices".

The building will have low discharge fixtures, rain water harvesting, dual flushing cistern, use of curing compound and drip irrigation, use of native species of shrubs and tree having low water demand in landscaping, waste water treatment and reuse of treated water for irrigation and cooling. According to the health ministry, AIIMS has been allotted 15 acres of land by DDA adjacent to where the complex is currently located. The project is part of a major ramp up drawn up by the government for upgradation of the country's premier health institute.

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