New Delhi, Feb 22: The Union Health Ministry today gave its nod for expansion of the trauma centre at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital which will come up on 15 acres of land.
AIIMS has also been allotted 15 acres of land by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for expansion and the facility will have a capacity of 1,841 beds and will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,700 crore, the ministry said in a statement.
"In a bid to strengthen the public health infrastructure and medical education in the country, Union Health Minister J P Nadda gave a nod for the expansion of AIIMS Trauma Centre attached to AIIMS, New Delhi, today," it said.
The facility will have a centre for digestive diseases, endocrinology, ear-nose-throat (ENT), spine, bone marrow transplant and kidney transplant, it said. The beds which will be spread across the various centres include 445 for trauma, 465 for digestive, 334 for ENT, 244 for endocrinology, 88 for BMT, 63 for kidney and 202 for spine.
"The expansion of trauma centre along with the upgradation of AIIMS in the states is a part of the sustained efforts by the ministry to significantly improve health infrastructure in the country. "The expansion plans of the government would not only improve medical education but will also provide greater access to world class facilities to the citizens," Nadda said.
The expansion of the trauma centre will be based on a green building concept and will have efficient management of energy and water resources, the ministry said.
Underscoring sustainability practices, the building will have low discharge fixtures, rain water harvesting, dual flushing cistern, use of curing compound and drip irrigation, use of native species of shrubs and trees having low water demand in landscaping and other such features, it said.
The material for building will comprise ready mix concrete with more than 30 per cent fly ash content while there will also be grass pavers blocks for ground water recharge and will use paints with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
"Through this concept we will be able to lower energy and water consumption thus contributing towards our environment also. This will in turn help us in significantly improving the quality of health care facilities at these institutions," Nadda said.