The Government of India has inaugurated five new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across different states to bolster the country’s tertiary healthcare system. 

All five institutes, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are being developed with an investment of Rs63.15bn ($761.58m).  

The new AIIMS are located at Bathinda, Punjab; Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh; Rajkot, Gujarat; Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh; and West Bengal’s Kalyani.  

Spread across 183.11 acres, AIIMS Mangalagiri has been established with an investment of Rs16.18bn. It features a 960-bed hospital and a 125-seat medical college.  

AIIMS Raebareli, entailing an investment of Rs8.23bn, includes a 610-bed hospital, a 100-seat medical college, and 12 operation theatres. 

Constructed on 201 acres of land at a cost of Rs11.95bn, AIIMS Rajkot is a 750-bed hospital with a 50-seat medical college. 

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AIIMS Bathinda, built on 177 acres, is a 750-bed institute with a medical and nursing college, costing Rs9.25bn. 

A 960-bed hospital on 179.82 acres, AIIMS Kalyani includes a medical and a nursing college and an AYUSH block, with a total project cost of Rs17.54bn.  

Modi also laid the foundation stone of 202 healthcare infrastructure projects valued at over Rs117bn across the country’s 23 states and union territories.  

These projects include a 300-bedded Satellite Centre of Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Educational Research in Punjab, a National Centre for Ageing in Chennai, and the Medical College of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) at Puducherry’s Karaikal.  

It further includes a new Government Medical College in Purnea, Bihar, and a 90-bed multi-specialty consulting unit of JIPMER at Yanam, Puducherry.

The healthcare infrastructure boost includes projects under the National Health Mission and Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, with 115 projects comprising critical care blocks, integrated public health laboratories, and block public health units. 

A National Institute of Naturopathy and the Central Research Institute of Yoga & Naturopathy were also inaugurated in Pune and Haryana, respectively.  

Modi said: “The multiple foundation stone laying and inauguration projects taking place across the country, including these five AIIMS inaugurated today showcases a tradition of getting work done at a faster pace.”