Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 28
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today digitally inaugurated a radio diagnosis facility at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bathinda, and also threw open an MBBS students’ hostel at the institute.
AIIMS, Bathinda, is an apex healthcare institution being established under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) by the Centre.
It shall have a hospital with the capacity of 750 beds. As of now, OPD services in dentistry, dermatology, ENT, general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatric surgery, psychiatry, surgical oncology, telemedicine and urology are operational.
Inaugurating the super speciality block, Vardhan said, “Since the day the foundation stone was laid in 2016 by PM Narendra Modi, the institution has rapidly progressed. It’s heartening to see the state-of-art facility and equipment which will be available for the people of Bathinda and Punjab.”
He said the expansion of the institution will correct the regional imbalances in quality tertiary-level healthcare in the country. Vardhan said, “Setting up of an AIIMS in Bathinda will not only transform health education and training, but also address the issue of shortage of healthcare professionals in the region.”
The event was virtually attended by Punjab minister Om Parkash Soni, Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik and Lok Sabha MPs Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat Badal and Gurjeet Aujla.
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