LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 26: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that his government has taken up the AIIMS Gorakhpur Project on war footing and that work on the much awaited AIIMS is expected to complete by January 2019. The government is focusing on being able to start the OPD (Out Patient Department) by next year in February itself,the UP Chief Minister said while addressing media in Gorakhpur at a government event.
MBBS programme from 2020
He also said that all possible steps are being taken to start the MBBS course with around hundred students in the 2020 session. He also informed that, with the support of the Central Government, the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur would be getting a total of eight super specialty wards in October. These are likely to become functional in November this year.
The foundation stone for AIIMS- Gorakhpur was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016. This was one of the much highlighted endeavors of the newly elected BJP government in the state as Gorakhpur happens to be the Chief Minister’s constituency. It was said that AIIMS- Gorakhpur would cater to the healthcare needs of people from all sects of the society spread over at least fourteen districts. These would include districts in Eastern UP, Western Bihar and even some parts of Nepal. People from this region did not have access to advanced yet affordable medical facilities earlier- an issue which AIIMS could very well solve.
With an estimated cost of Rs. 1101 crore and a requirement for huge space (112 acres promised by state government), it was supposed to be completed in less than four years. However, the construction work had not started until earlier this year. The Prime Minister had expressed his concerns over the delay in project in May this year. The government had responded to his concerns saying that they needed three more months to demolish existing structures and clear out the area.
Healthcare in the region has been one of the major focus areas of the State as well as Central government. Recently, the Institute of Medical Sciences in Banaras Hindu University was given the status of AIIMS- thereby increasing its capacities and reach manifold. The Prime Minister’s Ayushman Yojna is also likely to benefit fifty million people from over families in the region by proving them medical help of up to five lakhs.