Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Deoghar, Jharkhand

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The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Deoghar, Jharkhand under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). It will serve dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to population and help to create large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region to be available for primary and secondary-level institutions and healthcare facilities being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).

Key Facts

AIIMS at Deoghar will consist of hospital with capacity of 750 beds, trauma centre facilities, medical college with in-take of 100 MBBS students per year and nursing college with an int-ake of 60 B.Sc (Nursing) students per year. It will also have residential complexes and allied facilities and services, broadly on pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi. It will also have 20 Speciality and Super Speciality Departments including 15 Operation Theatres. It will also consists of Ayush Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana

PMSSY was announced in 2003. Its objectives are correcting regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services and augment facilities for quality medical education in country. It establishes AIIMS in various regions of India apart from different government colleges. It is funded from different centrally sponsored schemes relating to creating infrastructure on health.

Under PMSSY, Government is planning to set up 20 AIIMS across the country. So far AIIMs have been established in Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) and Patna (Bihar).

Work of AIIMS Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh) is in progress. Construction work also has been awarded for AIIMS, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh). AIIMS have also been sanctioned in Bathinda (Punjab), Guwahati (Assam), Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh).

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