The proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Rishikesh will be the country’s first citizen-health centre to focus on preventive rather than curative approach, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister.
“When people fall ill in the hills, getting to the hospital is in itself a big problem. Often the diseases are not very serious, but a patient’s condition worsens by the time the hospital is accessed. To solve this problem I have instructed the authorities of AIIMS to build up a data bank of patients and put in place a system of reciprocal communication using email and mobile telephony.”
After opening a brand new Blood Bank at AIIMS Rishikesh, Dr Harsh Vardhan also announced that talks are on with the Government of Uttarakhand to expand the facilities of AIIMS Rishikesh with additional 100-acre land, and also land for growing medicinal herbs cultivation facility whose produce will be utilised for developing drugs for holistic health care. The state government has been requested to make the land available, he said.
He also said that the Director of AIIMS-Rishikesh has been given powers to recruit faculty members, officers and other staff directly without reference to the Ministry. He would also have more financial powers for purchasing equipment and making new constructions.
The registration desk of AIIMS Rishikesh is to be the source of primary data. The email or mobile umber of every patient who reports there –with whatever disease –will be stored in the computer. Thenceforth, the hospital will email or message the patient health messages at frequent intervals. The patient will also be informed in advance about preventive health check-up camps. This “keeping in touch” will be on perpetual basis, informed the Health Minister.
The Minister visited AIIMS-Rishikesh on Saturday with officials of the Health Ministry. He spent a long time talking to the doctors and interacted with the patients. He was satisfied at the rate of progress in completion of all the facilities in the campus.
The new plans include:
*A 100-bed Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Holistic Medicine. Here patients will be treated in not the allopathic approach but also with Ayurveda, Yoga and other Indian Systems of Medicine.
*An International School of Public Health in collaboration with a reputed US or French institution in the field (to be announced later)
*Separate CoEs for Oncology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
*India’s first CoE in Nursing Education and Research with 120 seats; to be operational next year and become the first AIIMS Nursing Colleges to admit male students.
*New departments for Geriatric Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Health