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Jharkhand: OPD facility at 13th AIIMS of the country inaugurated at Deoghar

First in eastern India to have night shelter facility for patient’s relatives 

Ranchi, August 24: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviiya , dedicated the AYUSH Building and Night Shelter of AIIMS Deoghar to the nation in the presence of Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.

He also inaugurated the OPD Services of the institute in the new AYUSH Building of the 13th AIIMS of the country.

This is the first AIIMS in eastern India where a night shelter has been built. In this, arrangements will be made for the rest of the patient’s relatives. Right now the night shelter will be used for reading. After the construction of OPD building, the night shelter will come in its original form.

Mandaviya noted that now people can get the best medical facilities in Deogarh. Along with the OPD services, the night shelter for people of faraway places to stay back and complete their treatment will help the entire State of Jharkhand. The institute will serve not only the 15 lakh residents of Deoghar but also the 3.19 crore people of Jharkhand.

Mandaviya said that the Centre has helped Jharkhand in every possible way in its fight against COVID-19. He invoked the concept of ‘Antyodaya’ of serving the last citizen in the society as propounded by Deendayal Upadhyaya as the guiding principle of the Union Health Ministry’s efforts to implement PMSSY.

In this context, he informed that six AIIMS of Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, Patna, Jodhpur and Rishikesh are now fully functional.

The OPD facilities in AIIMS, Deoghar are to include medicine and its allied specialities- general medicine, pulmonology (TB and respiratory diseases), psychiatry, dermatology (Skin), surgical and allied specialities- general surgery, orthopaedics, ENT, ophthalmology, paediatrics- vaccination of newborn and children, obstetrics and gynaecology, dentistry, pathology and microbiology, radiology etc.

Jharkhand minister of minorities welfare, tourism, art, culture and youth affairs, Hafizul Hasan Ansari, while addressing everyone, said that Baba Baidyanath’s city and AIIMS has been started on the soil of Birsa Munda. The Jharkhand government is continuously working with the aim of improving health facilities. In such a situation, the Central Government and the State Government are fully committed to the AIIMS construction work. With the launch of AIIMS today, better health facilities will be provided to the people of Jharkhand and adjoining states.

“In this direction, the state has strengthened the relationship between the central government and the state government by providing 237 acres of land for AIIMS. At the same time, the state government is determined to provide land, water, electricity, roads and all necessary facilities” said Ansari.

The minister also suggested that 75 per cent of the local people should be employed in the third and fourth class appointments. Also, the family whose land has been acquired, that family should be given an appointment on a priority basis.

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Till now people of Jharkhand and its surroundings had to go out for the treatment of serious diseases. With the formation of AIIMS in Deoghar, people will be able to get good health facilities here.

Patients will also get medicines in the OPD premises at concessional rates through Amrit Pharmacy by the Government of India. The MoU for AIIMS Management has also been signed with Amrit Pharmacy. Preparation has been completed by selecting the site of Amrit Pharmacy’s store center. There are total 40 rooms in OPD.  The waiting hall has a seating capacity of 80 patients. Apart from the seating facility for the next of kin of the patient, a parking facility is also available on the premises.

At present, only 200 patients will be registered daily due to Covid. The time of registration will be only two hours from 8.30 am to 10.30 am. The registration fee is Rs 30. In which patients can consult for one year. Medical consultation will be given to all 200 patients registered. The facility of testing for patients and medicines will also be available from Amrit Pharmacy at cheap rates.

Significantly, Mandaviya, had earlier cancelled the formal inauguration on June 26.

 Bharati Pawar, Minister of state for health and family welfare, addressing the program virtually informed that AIIMS-Deoghar once fully ready would be a boon for medical services in eastern India. “The entire project will comprise a 750-bed hospital (including 30 AYUSH beds). It will have 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats. The project is in full swing,” she added. 

Notably, in the 2017-18 Union Budget, the Centre announced the establishment of an AIIMS in Jharkhand. Later, the state government zeroed in on 236.92-acre land in Deoghar to finalise the project. In May 2018, the Union cabinet approved funds to the tune of about Rs 1,000 crore for the project after which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone.

AIIMS-Deoghar has been inducting MBBS students since 2019. It admitted 50 students in the first batch and increased it to 62 last year.   

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