Cabinet okays setting up of three new AIIMS

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved proposals for setting up three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Manglagiri (Andhra Pradesh) and Kalyani (West Bengal) under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna
(PMSSY) at a cost of Rs 4,949 crore.

Each of the proposed AIIMS will have a hospital with a capacity of 960 beds along with a teaching block, administrative block, auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, hostel and residential facilities.

These institutes will also have a separate block for traditional system of medicines - Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

"Setting up of these AIIMS will address regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services in these regions. It will augment the facilities of quality medical education and will also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in these regions," health minister Piyush Goyal said.

Of the total expenditure of Rs 4,949 crore, the cost of the new AIIMS at Manglagiri will be Rs 1,618 crore, the one in Nagpur will cost Rs 1,577 crore and Kalyani Rs 1,754 crore.

Goyal said the new AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations.

The large populations of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and West Bengal along with adjoining states will benefit from this project.

While six new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences ( under the PMSSY have been made functional, the construction of AIIMS, Rae Bareli is under progress.

The Cabinet approval is in accordance with the announcement made by the finance minister in his budget speech to establish new AIIMS at these places.

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