New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, on Monday completed 60 years of providing affordable and quality healthcare to not just Indians but also people from neighbouring countries.
During 2015-16, the tertiary care hospital treated 30 lakh outpatients and 2.5 lakh inpatients, and also performed about 1.5 lakh surgeries.
“AIIMS has contributed significantly in quality healthcare. It has discharged its roles as clinical provider, Research Institute and Teaching Institute with considerable accolades over the past 6 decade,” said JP Nadda, Union health minister.
Speaking at the hospital’s diamond jubilee function, Nadda maintained that the Institute has highest standards of meritocracy and learning. “It has attracted the best talents across the country that enter this institute as young students and pass out with the intensity of commitment to serve the poorest of the poor.”
For its academic quality, student care, infrastructure and placement opportunities, AIIMS, Delhi, is also the mentor institution for the new AIIMS-like Institutions that are being set up across the country.
The hospital has 9 centres and 52 teaching departments, with a manpower of over 10,000 that includes more than 800 faculty positions. It produces a significant chunk of specialists (MD/MS), super-specialists (DM/MCh), PhD scholars and allied health and basic sciences experts, including nurses and paramedical professionals.
“Nearly 600 research projects have been conducted in the year and the institute attracted extramural research grants of more than Rs. 70 crores in frontier and cutting edge biomedical areas. Moreover, the faculty and the scientists of the institute have published over 1800 research papers and AIIMS has been rated 3rd among the world’s top medical institutions in publishing research,” he said.
The hospital is in the process of expanding its Trauma Centre, surgical block, mother and child block and OPD Block, which will happen in phases and will almost double the hospital’s capacity. The surgical block will also have a National Endoscopy Centre, a High Dependency Unit and Kidney Transplant facilities.
The Union Cabinet recently approved a proposal for setting up of National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Jhajjar under AIIMS at a cost of Rs. 2035 crores. The proposed Institute will be the largest tertiary healthcare facility with 710 beds for various facilities.
Nadda also inaugurated a free generic pharmacy store at the Institute for outpatients to cater to the needs of weaker sections of society.