Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that his ministry has set an agenda to open an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in each state. “This will ensure good health care facilities at the nearest place to the people,” he said. The minister will also be seeking the views of all the state governments on this issue.
AIIMS, NEW DELHI
People from all over India come to AIIMS at New Delhi for medical treatment. They may have to spend their whole day standing in line for an appointment. Some people from lower income groups cannot afford accommodation in the city and sleep outside in the hospital grounds till they get to see the doctor. Setting up such facilities is an urgent need for every state and would help improve access to health care drastically. Currently, there are six other institutions modelled on AIIMS, New Delhi and are located in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh.
Prof.V S Chauhan, Director- ICGEB, during an interview with HII earlier had said that “the new All India Medical Institutions in different locations in India is a good step but this should have been done decades earlier. All 29 states in India should have at least one All India Medical Institute like facilities.” To read his interview, click here .