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22 new AIIMS coming up across the country

Published on : 27-Aug-2018 Powered by

"Twenty-two new AIIMS are coming up across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhya Yojana to reduce regional imbalance in the healthcare and tertiary fields," said Union Health Minister J P Nadda while addressing the first convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, last week. The health minister said the Centre has planned for a rapid expansion of medical education, admitting that there was a shortage of skilled human resources in the health sector at all levels,
Many initiatives such as increasing the retirement age of doctors to 65 years, setting up of more medical and nursing schools, multi-skilling of doctors to overcome the shortage of specialists, have been taken by the Centre to improve medical education, he said.
Since 2014-15, post-graduate seats have been increased by over 8,500 and under-graduate seats by over 16,000, Nadda said, adding that 70 existing medical colleges are being upgraded by setting up super speciality blocks.
"Twenty-four new medical colleges have been announced in this year's budget. Twenty state cancer institutes and 50 tertiary cancer care centres are also being set up," he said.
The health minister said the AIIMS will soon introduce campus recruitment in order to retain students passing out of the institutes.
"Dear students, young doctors and faculty, I invite you all to join my ministry in further building upon this commitment of our prime minister to upgrade the healthcare access of the common man, thus taking the well being of our nation to greater heights," the Union minister said.
Noting that it is a great challenge to produce high quality healthcare providers at all levels, Nadda said "We need the teachers and academicians to develop such human resources in health. In this regard, the country has a lot of expectation from all of you." 
"My message to the graduating students on this occasion is that you should always keep in mind that medicine is not just a profession, but a vocation. Never forget your humanity, or that of your patients...," he said.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Odisha's Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena also addressed the gathering.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Nadda laid the foundation stones for two buildings at the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, campus. 
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Source : Press Trust of Indi

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