New Delhi, June 29 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today claimed his government has proposed and approved more numbers of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the past four years than there had been in the last 70 years.
Modi was speaking at the AIIMS here. He inaugurated a tunnel connecting the main building to its trauma facility. The one-km long motorable tunnel will facilitate transfer of patients and their relatives, doctors, instruments and medicine between AIIMS, Ansari Nagar and Trauma Centre.
"We want to provide the best healthcare to our people at the lowest possible cost. We have proposed and approved more numbers of AIIMS than it was done in the past 70 years," Modi said.
He also laid the foundation stone of the National Centre for Ageing at AIIMS which will be built in a year and a half at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore. The Centre with 200-bed capacity will provide the older population with multi-speciality healthcare.
He also inaugurated a 300-bed Powergrid Vishram Sadan at AIIMS.
At Safdarjung Hospital, Modi inaugurated a 555-bed super-speciality block and a 500-bed emergency block. "Over Rs 1,300 crore was spend on the Safdarjung Hospital to make it technologically advance," he said.
PTI adds: Modi said the Centre along with State governments is trying to build infrastructure for modern healthcare to benefit the poor and the middle class. He said in the last four years, the Centre has given priority to the health sector to provide modern healthcare to the people.
"Along with State governments, the Centre is trying to build infrastructure for modern healthcare all over the country," he said. "Because of policy interventions of the government, we are moving towards a situation where we are providing good healthcare for the poor and middle class so that they don't have to pay unnecessary cost for healthcare," Modi said.