Union health and family welfare minister Gulam Nabi Azad on Saturday announced that a national cancer institute (NCI) and a national cardio care centre (NCCC) would be setup at the second campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Badhsa in Jhajjar district of Haryana.
Accompanied by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the union health minister, who was talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the Outreach OPD of AIIMS, 17 kilometer from Gurgaon on Gurgaon-Badli Road also announced that the AIIMS-2 would be developed as a world class international level institution and expression of interest had already been invited for drafting its master plan through international bidding.
The AIIMS-2 campus which is being setup over an area of 300 acres, has been provided free of cost by the Haryana government, would have its master plan finalized by a committee headed by Union health secretary.
Azad and Hooda also launched the free medicine facility at AIIMS-2, as per which generic medicines would be provided free of cost to all the patients getting treatment at the OOPD.
Speaking on the occasion, Azad said that the AIIMS OPD would serve as alternate OPD of the Delhi AIIMS and it would not only serve the state of Haryana, but also the whole country.
The waiting period of OPD at Delhi AIIMS would be decreased considerably and the people of far reaching Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala would also come to Badhsa as the waiting period was more at the AIIMS.
He said that this was the first OPD where free medicines would be provided. The Outreach OPD comprised of departments of general medicine, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, ENT, anasthesia and general surgery. It would also have diagnostic and laboratory facilities, he added.
The pharmacy and the laboratory would be operated by HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking of the Union health ministry.
This was being done for the first time in the history of AIIMS and the entire OPD operations would be computerized from registration to prescriptions. All patient records would be kept in electronic format, he added.
According to Azad, the NCI would have 600 beds, whereas the total number of beds would be more than 2100 in AIIMS-2.
He said that NCI would be the biggest cancer institute in the country and bigger than even the Tata Cancer Institute, Mumbai.
It would be a comprehensive cancer centre having all the facilities to deal with various types of cancers including research and development.
Hooda also announced on the occasion that Badhsa would be connected through four-lane road to New Delhi.
He also announced that Gurgaon-Badli road, on which AIIMS-2 wass ituated, would be four-laned with an investment of about Rs. 250 crore.
Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda described AIIMS-2 as a gift to the state of Haryana which would increase the pace of development in the whole area.