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Modi launches facilities at AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital; visits ailing Vajpayee

6/29/2018

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, after launching a host of facilities at AIIMS and adjoining Safdarjung Hospital. Mr Modi stayed there for 10 minutes. Mr Vajpayee who was admitted here on June 11 is currently undergoing treatment for urinary tract infection.This is Prime Minister Modi’s third visit to the ailing former Prime Minister. Earlier, Mr Modi laid the foundation stone of 200-bedded National Centre for ageing at AIIMS which will come up at a cost of Rs 330 crores and also dedicated the underground connecting tunnel between AIIMS and JPNA Trauma Centre to the nation. He also dedicated to the nation the Power Grid Vishram Sadan, a 300-bedded night shelter facility here meant for patients and their relatives. After launching the facilities, Mr Modi said that his government’s vision was to provide better healthcare facility at low cost and for this the government had brought in the national health policy, adding that the healthcare sector would also provide job opportunities. The PM said the government was working on plans to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025 from the country. “The world wants to eliminate it by 2030 but we want to do it by 2025,” Mr Modi said. "Our government has kept the health service, out of the purview of Health Ministry. Our vision of health is connected with Ministries of Rural Development, Sanitation and drinking water and also Women and Child Development besides it is getting cooperation from the Ministry of AYUSH,” Mr Modi said. The vision of this government is not limited to just hospitals, illness, medicines and modern facilities. With this vision, the National Health Policy has been created so that every person in the country gets better treatment and diseases are eliminated, the Prime Minister said. A healthcare system is being created for New India, where there are better hospitals, more beds, better facilities and excellent doctors. “Our government is upgrading 58 district hospitals into medical colleges. In this budget, the government has announced building of 24 new medical colleges,” Mr Modi added. Speaking on the occasion Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said, that work worth Rs 3000 crore was going on in AIIMS and this showed the commitment of the Prime Minister towards tertiary healthcare system in the country. “By building AIIMS at different places of the country, we want to ease out the pressure from AIIMS here,” Mr Nadda said. Present of the occasion were Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel, Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, AIIMS Director Dr (Prof) Randeep Guleria, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital Dr Rajendra Sharma and CMD of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd I S Jha.

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