Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of AIIMS in Gorakhpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday and start the renovation work of a fertiliser factory which was closed for the last three decades.

The government earlier on Wednesday gave its nod to the establishment of a new AIIMS, a move which aims at providing super-specialty health care to people of the state and creating a large pool of doctors. The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of AIIMS under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,011 crore.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Modi approved the setting up of the hospital which will have a capacity of 750 beds and also include emergency or trauma and AYUSH sections. The setting up of AIIMS under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) scheme aims at correcting the regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary level healthcare in the country and to augment facilities for quality medical education in under-served or backward states. Under this scheme, similar health facilities have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work on AIIMS, Rae Bareli is in progress.

Three new AIIMS at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned last year. The residents of 14 districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and five districts of Western Bihar will be benefited by the establishment of the new AIIMS.