New Delhi: As many as 11 OPD services were made operational by Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, at AIIMS Bathinda today, in the presence of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries. OPD Services that were operationalized for AIIMS Bathinda include General Medicine, Gynae & Obs; General Surgery including consultation in surgical oncology, urology & pediatric surgery, Orthopedic, ENT, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Dental, Basic Radiology (X-Ray, Ultrasound and colour Doppler), Basic Biochemistry & Hematological tests; and medicines at discounted rates through AMRIT pharmacy.
While inaugurating the OPD services, Harsh Vardhan stated that AIIMS Bathinda will be fully functional by June 2020, and PGI Chandigarh is the mentor institute supporting it.
Training of the first batch of 50 MBBS Students of AIIMS Bathinda has begun from the academic year 2019-20 in Baba Faridkot University. The Cabinet approved the proposal for the establishment of AIIMS at Bathinda at a cost of Rs 925 crores on 27 July 2016.
The operationalisation of the OPD services today will benefit the people of Bhatinda and the nearby regions with high quality and affordable medical services, the Harsh Vardhan said.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, health has been positioned as one of the top priorities of the government,” he stated, adding that government through its continual efforts aims to ensure that assured, affordable and quality health services are provided to all.
It is a reflection of the commitment of the government to the health sector that the numbers of AIIMS have now increased to 21 and work is also progressing on setting up of 157 medical colleges mainly in the aspirational districts of the country to ensure that people here are provided superior health services, Vardhan said.
The Union Health Minister added that upgrade of 75 district hospitals to Government Medical Colleges & Institutes envisaging to improve tertiary health infrastructure through construction of super speciality blocks, trauma centres etc has been taken up and is rapidly progressing.
Vardhan also stated that with Ayushman Bharat, while on the one hand comprehensive primary healthcare is being provided through the 1.5 lakh Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs), PMJAY has already benefitted nearly 70 lakh people who are the most needy and vulnerable, while 11.66 cr beneficiaries have been provided e-cards.
He also highlighted the efforts being made by the government through Fit India movement and Eat Right India campaign. “To meet global targets of universal health coverage, we have expanded the basket of vaccines; now immunisation against 12 vaccine preventable diseases is available under UIP,” Vardhan stated.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, stated that the new AIIMS at Bhatinda shall help the people of the region avail of superior healthcare services. Under the leadership of PM Modi, healthcare services are being strengthened all over the country, she stated.
Om Prakash Soni, Minister for Medical Education & Research, Govt. of Punjab; Sukhbir Singh Badal, Member of Parliament; Shwait Malik, Member of Parliament; Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Member of Parliament; along with the officials of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and PGIMER, Chandigarh, were also present during the inauguration ceremony.