Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Rajkot through a video conference on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that AIIMS Rajkot will boost health infrastructure, medical education and provide employment opportunities in Gujarat.
He said about 5,000 direct jobs and many indirect jobs would be created.
Stating that even after so many decades after independence, only 6 AIIMS were established in the country, Prime Minister Modi said “during Atal ji's government in 2003, steps were taken to establish 6 more AIIMS. He added that in the last 6 years, work on 10 new AIIMS has started and many have been inaugurated. He said along with AIIMS, 20 Super Specialty Hospitals are also being constructed.
The Prime Minister said under Ayushman Bharat scheme, the work to establish about 1.5 million Health and Wellness Centers in remote areas is being undertaken and among those about 50000 centres have already started functioning. About 5 thousand among those are in Gujarat alone.
He said about 7000 Jan Aushadhi Center provided medicines at low cost to about 3.5 lakh poor patients. He listed the initiatives of the Government for improving the health of the people.
The Prime Minister said if 2020 was the year of health challenges, 2021 is going to become the year of health solutions. The world will move towards health solutions with better awareness.