Central govt says public health is a state subject, new hospitals underway

The condition of government hospitals in India except the ones in top cities, remains not so pleasing to the common public. Despite the central government claiming to have initiated many measures, there seems to be far less interest from states

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New Delhi: “Providing health care facilities to its people is the prime responsibility of the respective State Governments as health is a State subject and, as such, no information is maintained centrally,” mentioned the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr J P Nadda in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on July 19th. The minister hinted that states have to take up their responsibility to ensure the public well being of respective regions through various measures.

Mr Nadda, however also admitted that so far as three Central Government hospitals located in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & its Associated Hospitals located in Delhi are concerned, these hospitals as tertiary care hospitals in Delhi which cater to health care of population of not only Delhi but also for the entire National Capital Region of Delhi and even far flung areas. “Therefore,” he said, “the ever increasing patient load has put tremendous pressure on the existing infrastructure of these hospitals. However, continuous efforts are made to improve the infrastructure by way of the upgradation of various departments and redevelopment plan of these hospitals.”

It has been often seen that due to the lack of a common health policy which is centrally controlled, there has been deterioration of health facilities in rural areas. The worst sufferers are those who have no primary health facility and remain devoid of timely diagnosis. Even for the secondary and tertiary public healthcare they have to travel to the metropolitan cities.

Earlier Mr Nadda gave the details of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) like hospitals being initiated across India. In total there are 17 new public hospitals whose details are given below.

S.No. State New AIIMS Status
1 Andhra Pradesh AIIMS Mangalagiri (Ph-IV) • Cabinet approved setting up of AIIMS at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh

• HSCC(I) appointed as executing agency

2 Assam AIIMS Guwahati (Ph-V) • Site finalized at Village Jalah, Mouza Sila Sinduri Ghopa in Kamrup District
3 Bihar AIIMS Patna (Ph-I) • Functional
AIIMS Declared (Ph-V) • State Govt. has not identified and offered site.
4 Chhattisgarh AIIMS, Raipur (Ph-I) • Functional
5 Him. Pradesh AIIMS Declared (Ph-V) • Sites offered by the State Government inspected
6 Jammu & Kashmir AIIMS, Jammu (Ph-V) • Site Finalized at Vijaypur in Samba district in Jammu region
AIIMS, Kashmir (Ph-V) • Site Finalized at Awantipora, Pulwama in the Kashmir region
7 Madhya Pradesh AIIMS, Bhopal (Ph-I) • Functional
8 Maharashtra AIIMS, Nagpur (Ph-IV) • Cabinet approved setting up of AIIMS at Nagpur in Maharashtra

• HSCC(I) appointed as executing agency

9 Odisha (Orissa) AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar (Ph-I) • Functional
10 Punjab AIIMS, Bathinda (Ph-V) • Site finalized at Bathinda
11 Rajasthan AIIMS, Jodhpur (Ph-I) • Functional
12 Tamil Nadu AIIMS Declared (Ph-V) • Sites offered by the State Government inspected
13 Uttar Pradesh AIIMS, Rae Bareli (Ph-II) • Construction of Housing complex in progress

• OPD construction completed.

AIIMS, Purvanchal (Ph-IV) • Site finalized at Mahadev Jharkhandi, Tukda 2, Tehsil Sadar, Gorakhpur subject to certain conditions
14 Uttarakhand AIIMS, Rishikesh (Ph-I) • Functional
15 West Bengal AIIMS, Kalyani (Ph-IV) • Cabinet approved setting up of AIIMS at Kalyani in West Bengal

• HSCC(I) appointed as executing agency

Source: Ministry of Health, GOI.