According to media reports, the Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a new All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Darbhanga Bihar. The institution will be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in a period of 48 months from the date of approval by the Centre at a total cost of Rs. 1,264 Crore. The Institute will include 100 undergraduate seats, 60 B.Sc Nursing Seats and 15-20 Super Speciality Departments along with 750 hospital beds.
According to the statement released, establishing the new AIIMS includes the creation of Hospital, teaching clock for medical and nursing courses, residential complex and other facilities and services on the same lines as AIIMS New Delhi and the other six new AIIMS taken up under the Phase 1 of PMSSY.
The aim is to establish the new AIIMS as an Institution of National Importance in order to provide quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
The 750 beds will include emergency and trauma beds, ICU beds, AYUSH beds, private beds and speciality and super speciality beds, in addition, there will also be a medical college, AYUSH Block, auditorium, night shelter, guesthouse, hostels and residential facilities.
Maintenance under Central Government
It is also expected that each new AIIMS institution will cater to the needs of roughly 2000 OPD patients per day and around 1000 IPD patients per month. The institute will also have a PG and DM/M.Ch Super Speciality courses in due course.
For the operations and maintenance, the institution will also create capital benefits for which the required specialized manpower will be created based on the pattern of the six new AIIMS. The operations and maintenance expenses on the new AIIMS will be taken by the Central Government according to the statement released and setting up the new AIIMS will not only transform health education and training but also address the shortage of health care professionals in the region.
Institute to serve dual purposes
The new institutions will also serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality healthcare to the population while also helping to create a large number of doctors and other health workers in the region which will be available for primary and secondary level institutions or fasciitis being created under the National Health Mission.
The new AIIMS in Bihar will also lead to the generation of employment for close to 3000 people in the different faculty and non-faculty posts due to the facilities and services like shopping centres, canteens etc which will come up in the surrounding areas.