The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the 5th Foundation Day Celebration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
Speaking at the occasion, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said that India has made substantial progress in building health infrastructure and improving its health indicators over time, in terms of substantially reducing MMR, IMR and TFR and a significant increase of 5 years in life expectancy.
Shri Azad highlighted that under the National Health Mission, the public health infrastructure has been strengthened across the country in a mission mode by the Government.
More than Rs. 1,11,000 crores has been released by the Health Ministry to 35 State Governments and UTs over and above their own health budgets resulting in 51,000 small and large hospitals from primary to district levels; 2, 278 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in 427 districts; nearly 20,000 ambulances; since May, 2009, 97 new medical colleges, including 6 new AIIMS, have been established raising the number of medical colleges from 290 to 387, which is all time high, he said.
The Health Minister stated that in Delhi itself, a huge capacity expansion for tertiary care is going on with a second AIIMS campus at Jhajjar and new Surgery, Mother & Child, OPD, Teaching and Hostel Blocks at the main campus at AIIMS; a foundation stone for a 1,300 bed super-speciality block at Safdarjung Hospital was laid 4 days ago; a 300 bed state of the art emergency centre at RML Hospital has been completed and will be opened soon; and 1,100 beds and new OPD, IPD, Emergency and Hostel Blocks at Lady Hardinge Hospital are under advanced stage of construction.
Present at the occasion were Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. (Prof.) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Dr. H.K.Kar, Director, PGIMER, faculty members and students of RML hospital.