State and district level officials said that they aim to develop the Super Specialty Child Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (SSCHPGI), located in Sector 30 of Noida, into a medical institute on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
Chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar on Wednesday held a meeting with the Noida authority chief executive officer and the governing body of the hospital in Lucknow to discuss issues pertaining to its functioning.
The chief secretary, who is also the chairman of the child institute, directed the governing body and officials concerned to expedite the formalities for recruiting doctors and setting up medical facilities required to run medical services at par with AIIMS, said officials.
“The Uttar Pradesh government is committed to developing the paediatric institute in Sector 30 on the lines of AIIMS. The chief secretary has directed the governing body to complete all the technical formalities as soon as possible so that the institute can offer service on par with AIIMS. The Noida authority will provide necessary assistance in the future,” Amit Mohan Prasad, the CEO of the Noida authority, said.
The Noida authority has constructed the hospital building and also funded this facility. Prasad, who recently took over as the chief of Noida authority, also visited the facility before leaving for Lucknow.
Noida MLA Pankaj Singh, in a recent meeting with chief minister Yogi Adityanath, had demanded that the Sector 30 paediatric institute be developed on the lines of AIIMS.
“Noida needs better healthcare facilities for the poor and the middle class. The CM had agreed to develop the facility on the lines of AIIMS. The building is already there. We will expand it and get the necessary approvals from health departments at the state and the central level. It will also reduce the pressure on AIIMS and will cater to residents of western UP,” Singh said.
The children’s hospital was built by Mayawati, then chief minister of UP, in 2011 and was touted as Noida’s first government multispeciality hospital, being built “on the lines of AIIMS in Delhi” at a cost of Rs700 crore.
However, the UP government later converted the facility into a paediatric institute, and the BJP government wants to develop it on the lines of AIIMS now.