In order to provide super speciality healthcare services to the population residing in Himachal Pradesh, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bilaspur in te Himalayan state under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The cost of the project will be Rs.1351 crore.
The new AIIMS will be completed in a period of 48 months with a pre-construction phase of 12 months, construction phase of 30 months and stabilisation and commissioning phase of 6 months. The Institution will consist of a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds and trauma center facilities. It will have a Medical college with an intake of 100 MBBS students per year. Along with this, a Nursing college with an intake of 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) students per year will also be in the institution, a Government of India press release has said.
Besides, the residential complexes and allied facilities and services will broadly be on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi. The hospital will have 20 Speciality and Super-Speciality departments including 15 operation theatres. It will also have an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in traditional system of medicine.
The establishment of new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality healthcare services to the population while also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions and facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM).
Under this scheme, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna in 2012 while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in the progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned in 2015, two AIIMS have been sanctioned at Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016 and an AIIMS in Kamrup (Assam).