PM Narendra Modi inaugurates North East’s first AIIMS, three new medical colleges in Assam

PM Modi inaugurated 3 medical colleges that will have 24 UG departments and be taking the total MBBS student intake to 1,500 in Assam.

PM Narendra Modi in Guwahati. (Picture: Twitter- @/himantabiswa)PM Narendra Modi in Guwahati. (Picture: Twitter- @/himantabiswa)

Ishita Ranganath | April 14, 2023 | 01:40 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the first AIIMS in the northeast India. The minister also virtually inaugurated three medical colleges at Nalbari, Nagaon and Kokrajhar in India. The AIIMS super-specialty hospital was built at a cost of Rs 1,123 crore and will provide healthcare not only to people in Assam but also to other northeastern states.

Each medical college has an attached 500 bedded teaching hospitals with OPD/ IPD services including emergency services, ICU facilities, OT and diagnostic facilities etc. Each medical college will have an annual intake capacity of 100 MBBS students. The tertiary care teaching hospitals with 24 undergraduate departments in the three medical colleges, will be taking the total MBBS student intake to 1,500 in Assam.

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PM Modi also laid the foundation of the Rs 546 crore for the Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute (AAHII), a joint initiative of the state government and IIT Guwahati. AAHII aims to promote inventions and innovations in medicine and healthcare, nurturing multidisciplinary research and development in frontier areas of medicine by fusing engineering with healthcare. The facility at IITG is being set up in collaboration with the Assam government to leverage the advanced technologies and transform medical science.

Speaking during the event Narendra Modi, said: "Today the Northeast region of our country received a boost in the healthcare infrastructure. I am honored to dedicate the first AIIMS of the Northeast and three medical colleges to the people of Assam. I am happy to note the Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute being set up in collaboration between the Govt. of Assam and IIT Guwahati will foster innovative healthcare solutions. Let us come together and make sure we work in harmony and follow 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Prayas, Sabka Vikas, to achieve our target of Swasth Bharat, Samridh Bharat."

In addition to this, the prime minister also launched the distribution of 1.1 crore Ayushman cards to beneficiaries who will be able to avail cashless healthcare medical treatment benefits up to Rs 5 lakh with these cards. Ayushman cards are a centrally sponsored scheme that aims to provide an annual health cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh to vulnerable 10 crore families based on socio-economic and caste census database.

(Inputs from PTI)

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