New Delhi: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Centre and the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Last week to convert the Banaras Hindu University’s Institute of Medical Sciences , Varanasi into a “world class institute”
“The MoU has been signed to upgrade the medical college. AIIMS will provide teleconference services to the faculty (members) and mentor them, and aid in developing super-specialty services… so that they can become a world-class institution,” said AIIMS Director, Randeep Guleria.
Mr. Guleria informed that the MoU was signed between the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and the AIIMS.
The health ministry, officials revealed that they would fund the project which was supposed to benefit 20 crore people from eastern Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states.
The project according to the MoU has no deadline, though it is likely to start benefitting the state’s people in early August. “Of course it is a long, ongoing project, but the target that we have in mind for seeing positive results is August 15, 2018,” the ministry officials told the Indian Express.
A key promise of Modi Government to Improve health care and establish an AIIMS in eastern Uttar Pradesh in 2014. Staff crisis plaguing several hospitals in Varanasi has kept it from fulfillment.
Affiliated to IMS-BHU, Sir Sunderlal Hospital — the largest tertiary referral hospital in eastern Uttar Pradesh, that has a footfall of more than 15 lakh patients annually shortages in terms of doctors, technicians and nurses, continue to prevail. The 324-bed Trauma Centre, in the region that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in 2015, faces similar shortcomings.