Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 230-bed Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Superspeciality Hospital on Tuesday. The facility has been set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at a cost of `300 crore at Kakryal, near Katra.
This was stated at a press conference in Jammu on Monday jointly addressed by Dr SS Bloeria, member of the Shrine Board and chairman of the governing body of the Hospital and Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, chairman of the Narayana Hrudayalaya and Ajeet Kumar Sahu, chief executive officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
Dr Bloeria said that the shrine board has entered into an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, which operates 32 hospitals across the country, for operationalisation of this hospital.
Dr Shetty, founder and chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals, said that the primary objective of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Superspeciality Hospital is to provide superspeciality tertiary medical care in Jammu and Kashmir at an affordable cost.
“At present, facilities for treating heart and cancer patients and conducting operations of brain, knee replacement, organ transplant are not available to the people of this region. The entire region is dependent on Delhi for hi-tech healthcare. And Delhi is one of the most expensive destinations for healthcare,” said Dr Shetty while talking to medicament here.
He said, “Today, healthcare expenses are the main reason of bankruptcy, especially among the rural population. However, we are working towards reducing the cost of healthcare in different parts of the country. India will one day prove to the world that wealth has nothing to do with the quality of healthcare its citizens can enjoy. But, that will happen only if more and more projects like the Vaishno shrine board hospital come up across the country.”
“Our aim is that one day this hospital attracts patients from Delhi to Jammu for heart operations, knee or organ transplants. The objective of the hospital is to offer an affordable health care to the people of this region and, in the process, build a centre of excellence, which will one day become an academic institution of excellence.”
Ajeet Kumar Sahu, said, “The 750 families, who have donated land for building this hospital, will be given free healthcare services including free OPD and IPD facilities. Also, we are trying to bring in a mechanism, where cashless health insurance can be provided to the board employees, faculty and students of Mata Vaishno Devi University and residents of surrounding villagers”.