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The extension campus of AIIMS, Delhi in Jhajjar district of Haryana will soon start its OPD services. Services will include gynaecology, ophthalmology, eye, cardiology and surgery. According to AIIMS director Dr Ramesh C Deka, the facility will also develop a centre of excellence for various things infectious diseases, cancer, molecular medicine, non-communicable diseases, vaccine development and regenerative sciences.
'This is being done to reduce the burden on the main AIIMS campus and provide services to people in Haryana,' said Dr Deka.
According to Dr Deka, the main AIIMS facility has been doing well in the recent past and has increased bed capacity by 50 this financial year. Beds have been increased in departments of pulmonary medicine, geriatrics, surgical oncology and immunology. In the financial year 2011-12, the institute attended to 26 lakh patients, admitted 2 lakh and performed 1.5 lakh surgeries.
Average bed occupancy was over 80 per cent with average hospital stay of about 6 days. AIIMS reported a net death rate of nearly three per cent and hospital acquired infection rate was 8.3 per cent. Talking of other activities in the institute, he said a self-enrichment programme for fresh MBBS students was conducted to build confidence and communicative understanding in them. This would help in collaborating with senior students. A specially designed orientation programme in research and patient care, including communication and soft skills, was also offered to the new resident doctors and assistant professors.
Medical college's faculty published over 1,700 research papers in national and international journals in 2011-12. Currently 632 research projects are in progress which brought grants of Rs 65.4 crore, an increase of 25 per cent from last year.
Recently the AIIMS bill was passed in parliament which will look to start six more AIIMS-like institutions across the country. The six institutes were approved for Patna in Bihar, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
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