Choubey push for Patna AIIMS – The Telegraph

New Delhi, Oct. 11 (PTI): Union minister Ashwini Choubey, who drew flak over his reported remark that Biharis “crowd” AIIMS-Delhi even for “minor ailments”, today said he has asked the Bihar health department to promote AIIMS-Patna so that patients don’t have to go to other cities for treatment.

Choubey, the minister of state for health, said eight new departments, including emergency, would be functional by February 2018 at AIIMS-Patna.

Currently, the OPD and IPD facilities for 18 departments, including general surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, dentistry and neuro-surgery, are already operational. “I held meetings with officials in the Bihar health department and asked them to promote and spread awareness about AIIMS in Patna through advertisements and other means,” Choubey said. “Already 18 departments are currently functional there but people are not aware of them. Thus, they travel to the national capital and go to other cities for treatment.”

He also said that currently 50 per cent of the people with complicated diseases are being treated at AIIMS-Patna, and his aim is to make it 90-100 per cent.

Asked if he had instructed the director of AIIMS-Delhi to turn away such patients, Choubey said: “I have never said such a thing. What is being reported in the media is baseless and false.”

The minister said the five AIIMS in Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Bhopal, Raipur and Bhubaneswar, which lack doctors and faculty, will become fully functional by February 2018.

Choubey said AIIMS-Patna will commence post-graduate courses from July 2018. The junior health minister said the government has also simplified the grant, known as revolving fund, given to AIIMS and other hospitals for the treatment of economically weaker patients. Further, it has been decided that a revolving fund of Rs 10 lakh would be given to six new AIIMS, including the one in Patna.

Currently, a revolving fund of Rs 90 lakh is given to AIIMS-Delhi. Revolving fund is given for the treatment of financially weak patients at central government hospitals. Choubey said Rs 70 crore is being invested to set up e-classrooms in different medical colleges, including at AIIMS-Patna. The e-classrooms will be committed to facilitating medical teachings across medical colleges. “A National Resources Centre will be set up in Lucknow as part of the e-learning initiative and seven regional centres in other states,” Choubey said.

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