Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday inaugurated an Outreach Out Patient Department (OPD) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi at Badsha village, Jhajjar district in Haryana.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was present on the occasion.
Interacting with the media after the inauguration, Azad said that the foundation stone of Outreach OPD was laid by him on May 30 with a promise to operationalise it within 6 months.
"Today, that promise has been fulfilled," he said.
He thanked Hooda for his support in operationalising the second campus of AIIMS in Haryana.
The Outreach OPD at Badsha is the first step toward what is going to be most advanced and state of the art health facilities with tremendous impact on the health care services not only in this area but also in neigbouring states as well.
Azad said that the AIIMS, New Delhi is a premier institute of the Government of India in the area of medical education, research and patient care.
"Patients from all parts of the country come to AIIMS, New Delhi. But due to the high number of patients visiting the Institute, the infrastructure at AIIMS is bursting at the seams with most departments handling workload in excess of their designed capacity," he said.
"As a result of this, patients have to wait for long periods for various procedures and services. For this reason, the need for expansion of AIIMS was felt and thus the Outreach OPD at Badsha, Jhajjar has been conceived and designed to handle approximately 1,000 patients per day."
"The Outreach OPD comprises of the following departments - General Medicine, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Anasthesia and General Surgery Besides, it will also have diagnostic and laboratory facilities," said Azad.
He said that this OPD would dispense generic medicines free of cost to all patients for a month.
"The patient will be issued free medicine first for 7 days. It would be issued in the subsequent weeks till it completed 30 days," the minister said.
"The pharmacy and the laboratory will be operated by HLL Lifecare Limited, a PSU of the Ministry of Health. This is being done for the first time in the history of AIIMS."
"The entire OPD operations will be computerized from registration to prescriptions. All patient records will be kept in electronic format," he said.
Azad said that the AIIMS has plans to establish several super-specialty and world-class research facilities at Badsha.
"The National Cancer Institute is proposed to be established here at an estimated cost of Rs.2100 crores. It will be a comprehensive cancer centre having all the facilities to deal with various types of cancers including research and development," said Azad.
The National Cardiac Care Centre is also proposed to be established at Badsha, he said.