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Harsimrat Badal requests health minister to sanction funds for upgrading trauma facilities at AIIMS

Also requests minister to set up system for supply of quality drugs and diagnostic facilities at reasonable prices at all AIIMS facilities)

Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) – Former union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today requested union minister for health Dr Bharti Pawar to sanction funds for upgrading the trauma facilities at AIIMS, Bathinda to a 300 bed facility.

The Bathinda MP, who met the union health minister in this regard today, briefed the minister that the emergency block at AIIMS, Bathinda was equipped to handle only 30 emergencies. She said all other AIIMS facilities in the first phase had provision of 200 to 300 dedicated beds for trauma and emergency cases. Mrs Badal said since the Malwa region did not have any other major trauma centre, the AIIMS trauma centre should be upgraded to cater to 300 emergencies with a dedicated trauma and emergency block.

Mrs Badal said as per the new regulations it was mandatory to have a department of Emergency Medicine and a skill laboratory in each medical institution. She said besides sanctioning funds for both these measures, required equipment as well as super-specialty posts should also be sanctioned for the institution.

The Bathinda MP also brought to the notice of the union minister that almost all AIIMS were facing difficulties as far as supply of quality drugs and diagnostic facilities at reasonable prices was concerned. She suggested that the health ministry examine the process of drug procurement and establishment of investigative laboratories as done by the TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and take it up for implementation in AIIMS facilities.

Mrs Badal also highlighted that there was a shortage of staff at AIIMS, Bathinda and that more posts of senior and junior residents be sanctioned on the pattern of a 750 bedded hospital. She said the strength of patient care depended upon the working of various super-specialty departments and that these should be sanctioned quickly.

It was also highlighted in the meeting that AIIMS, Bathinda only had 22 housing units for the faculty and that the faculty were facing a lot of hardship in getting suitable accommodation. The health minister was requested to direct construction of the remaining housing facility from the unutilized sanctioning money of the project.

The ministry informed that the academic session for 100 students of MBBS, 50 MD/MS post graduate students and 69 students of B.Sc Nursing had been started. It was also disclosed that AIIMS Bathinda was attracting a huge number of patients, with a daily average OPD attendance of 1500.

AIIMS, Bathinda Executive Director Dr D K Singh was also present in the meeting.