Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rajkot in Gujarat virtually on Thursday.
He said the country will play an important role in the healthcare sector in the future. “Our focus was always on humanity and India has emerged as the nerve center of global health,” he said.
He dedicated the end of 2020 to all health workers who are at the forefront of the battle against COVID. He said the upcoming AIIMS in Rajkot will provide thousands of jobs and bring in more development for Gujarat and also give a boost to the health sector.
“We could only establish 6 AIIMS after so many years of independence. In 2003, Atal Ji’s government took the initiative to establish 6 more AIIMS. In the past 6 years, we have started work on establishing 10 more AIIMS,” PM Modi said.
The Rajkot AIIMS project will come up on 201 acres of land and will be built at an estimated cost of Rs1,195 crore. The project is likely to be completed by mid-2022, a PMO release said.
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Union Health Minister Health Harsh Vardhan were also present on the occasion.
Modi on COVID
Modi also praised India’s battle against COVID. “A country like India with such a huge population had over 1crore people recovering from COVID. We have performed much better than other countries and the infection rate is also going down,” Modi said.
About the vaccines, he said it was in the final stages of development.
He also credited the push on healthcare facilities for improving the health of the girl child in India and said a study is needed to know its impact on the girl child’s education. He attributed the drop in school dropout ratio among girls to such health schemes.
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