OPD services at the 960-bed hospital being built with an outlay of Rs 826 crore will initially begin at the hospital
Dehradun: The Uttarakhand centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would become functional from December 2011.
The AIIMS which is being built at Rishikesh would provide the much needed specialised care to the patients for which they earlier used to go outside the state. The 960 bed project would involve an outlay of Rs 826 crore.
The government has said that the OPD services would be started at the AIIMS in December 2011. The Institute would also run a medical college later on.
In the beginning of 2009, the government of India had initiated the process for the setting up these medical institutes on the pattern of the AIIMS in New Delhi in Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
The Union Health Ministry has stipulated that all the AIIMS have to be ready and functioning before 2012. After the initial hiccups regarding the land issues, the construction of AIIMS was set in motion by the government and still lot of construction work remains to be carried out.
The process of appointment of the directors of the various wings of the AIIMS is underway, State Health Education Department Additional Secretary CS Napalchyal said.