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?Work on AIIMS, Bhopal soon?

CONSTRUCTION OF the multi-specialty All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) branch in Bhopal will start soon with the centre having allocated a sum of Rs 355 crore.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 14:22 IST

CONSTRUCTION OF the multi-specialty All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) branch in Bhopal will start soon with the centre having allocated a sum of Rs 355 crore.

Member of Parliament Sushma Swaraj said this while addressing the launch ceremony of the Deendayal mobile hospitals for tribal blocks of 11 districts in Madhya Pradesh here today. She assured that obstacles in the construction of AIIMS, Bhopal had been removed and construction will start soon.

Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan flagged off the mobile hospitals from Ravindra Bhavan. These mobile hospitals will go to remote rural areas, examine the health of rural masses and give them medicines free of cost.

Launched by the Department of Health and Family Welfare with support from Government of India, these mobile hospitals would also ensure medical assistance to expectant mothers and routine vaccination to mothers and newborn babies. Besides, malaria and TB patients will also be examined.

Sushma Swaraj said these mobile hospitals would improve rural health services and indicators in the State. They would also ensure health care facilities in the areas, which are devoid of these benefits.

She said the information dissemination from these mobile hospitals about health care facilities, causes and cures of serious diseases among the rural masses would raise health literacy. She said public participation was a must for successful operation and maintenance of primary health centres in rural areas.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the Deendayal mobile hospitals would help address rural health issues specially malnourishment among women and children.

He said initiatives like the Bal Sanjivani Abhiyan, Bal Shakti Abhiyan, Vijayaraje Janani Suraksha Yojana, Deendayal Antyodaya Upchar Yojana would improve health indicators in urban and rural areas.

Now district administration has been empowered to sanction financial assistance under State Sickness Relief Fund. He said serious efforts had been launched to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.

Incidence of polio has been brought down drastically. He said that these mobile hospitals would reach at least 100 blocks. Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said the Deendayal mobile hospitals would cover a sizeable rural population.

Each mobile hospital has been properly equipped with paramedical staff, equipments and medicines. Besides, TV sets have also been set up to educate the visiting rural families. Health PS M M Upadhyay threw light on health schemes. Commissioner Health Ashok Varnawal proposed the vote of thanks.

11 dists to be covered
THE MOBILE hospitals would reach tribal blocks in 11 districts mainly Bhimpur block in Betul, Karahal in Sheopur, Mavai in Mandla, Sondwa in Jhabua, Bajag in Dindori, Budhar in Shahdol, Pushparajgarh in Anuppur, Birsa in Balaghat, Pali in Umaria, Kundam in Jabalpur and Kusumi in Sidhi. Voluntary participation has been sought for these blocks from Dr Jain Video On Wheels Ltd., Seva Bharti, and Jyotsana Jan Kalyan Health Committee.