Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Karnataka was under the Centre’s active consideration.
“I know that AIIMS in Karnataka is under the active consideration of the Finance Department of the Government of India and that day will also soon come when we shall have an AIIMS in Karnataka also,” Vardhan said.
Speaking at the virtual inauguration of a super speciality trauma block at Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences in Ballari, he spoke about former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj’s “instrumental role” in expanding the health infrastructure in the country as the then health minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
“The journey that started then on August 15, 2003, from one AIIMS it became a journey of seven AIIMS, then in the previous government one more was added at Rae Bareli, and
then we again saw a big boost to this activity from 2014 onwards under Prime Minister Modi with a journey of 22 AIIMS,” he added.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who was also present at the virtual event, pointed out to the union minister that he has written a letter to him to consider taking over and upgrading the ESI hospital and medical college at Kalaburagi to an AIIMS like institution.
He said Kalaburagi was a backward district and upgrading this ESI there as an AIIMS like institution, will help people of the region.
Noting that in the last six years the country has seen active development in terms of medical colleges, increase in the number of MBBS and post-graduation seats, Vardhan said
in the phase three expansion of medical colleges that began last year, permission has been given for creating 75 more medical colleges, with centres help.
New medical colleges are going to be set up in Karnataka at Chikkamagaluru, Haveri, Yadgir and Chikkaballapur, he said, adding, “so many reforms are happening in the health sector, historic developments have taken place.”
The union minister appreciated the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues for putting the “best foot forward” in the fight against COVID-19.
“Karnataka has done a remarkably good job… there are many good practices which have been used to fight COVID which are worth replicating by others and I have quoted them
in a number of meetings with other state health ministers also,” Vardhan said.
Yediyurappa said the super-speciality trauma block at Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences has been developed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana by both
state and the centre in collaboration, at ₹150 crore.
It has intensive care and emergency units besides a capacity of 200 beds, with all the necessary advanced medical equipment.