State health minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Thursaday met union health minister Harshvardhan Chauhan in New Delhi and demanded that the Centre should open a hospital on analogy of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Mandi district at the earliest.
Thakur apprised the union minister that currently there were two government medical colleges in the state and generally critical cases were being referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, for treatment.
He said as per the directions of the central government, the state had identified more than 200 acres of land which was hardly five kilometers from district headquarters in Mandi. He also submitted copies of Jamabandi, Tatima and field book provided by the revenue authorities wherein AIIMS could be established.
Thakur said in case this land was found suitable for AIIMS, necessary steps would be taken to get permission for the change of land use (CLU) from the union ministry of environment and forest. He said the additional chief secretary, health, had already been asked to obtain proposals from other deputy commissioners of the state for selection of requisite land.
He said arrangements such as providing of water, adequate electricity and other facilities for the establishment of AIIMS would be provided by the state government.
Harshvardhan assured Thakur that the Centre would consider his demand sympathetically and every possible assistance would be provided to strengthen health services in the state,