Union Health Minister Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister,Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, would lay foundation stone of an Outreach Out Patient Department (OOPD) as first phase of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) II at village Badsha in district Jhajjar on May 30 at 5 p.m.

   The fully air-conditioned OOPD has been planned to handle about 1000 patients per day as an interim measure for the intervening period till coming up of the AIIMS II campus.

          This was disclosed by Congress MP Mr Deepender Singh Hooda in a statement issued here today. It may be recalled that Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments had made huge efforts to take the prestigious AIIMS II project to their respective states, but the efforts made by Mr Deepender Singh Hooda succeeded in getting this premier health institution to the state of Haryana.

   Mr Hooda said that the outreach OPD facility is expected to be completed very soon and it would go a long way in augmenting the existing outpatient facilities in the state. He said that the total estimated area of the OOPD is about 4500 square metres, where various departments including General Medicine, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Dietician, General Surgery besides diagnostic facilities, immunization and laboratories would be set up.

          Mr Hooda said that the OOPD would be just a beginning and it would turn out to be a new project of mass welfare in days to come. He said that he would strive to ensure that the AIIMS-II was developed as one of the best health institution in the country. We have an ambitious plan for the institution so that it could not only serve the people of Haryana in a big way, but the neighbouring states also. The AIIMS-II campus would house National Cancer Institute, OPD complex, Centre for Geriatrics, 500 bedded General Hospital and a number of other specialty centres, he added.

          Mr Hooda said that the AIIMS-II campus would be initiated in the current Five Year Plan and a makeshift OPD has been proposed to be constructed as an interim measure for the intervening period till coming up of the campus. We are thankful to the UPA Chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Union Health Minister Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad for this project. If required, the patients visiting the OOPD would be referred to AIIMS. This would provide first level treatment to the patients from Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and other north Indian states, he added.

   Mr. Hooda said that he would urge the Union Minister to open a nursing school near Sondhi, so that the girls from the area could be educated and made employable for the upcoming AIIMS II. Following the demand put up by the local people  in a village level meeting at village Sondhi to set up a Nursing School in their village, Mr Hooda had accepted the responsibility to get a nursing school built in the area.


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