Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital at the international headquarters of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur in the state of Gujarat.

The inaugural event was also attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Member of Parliament CR Patil. 

The 250-bed facility is spread across eight acres of land and involved a cost of more than $25.2m (Rs2bn).

It seeks to provide free treatment to underprivileged patients by offering diagnosis, treatment, preventative care and rehabilitation.

More than 300 doctors and specialists at the hospital will offer over 16 specialities.

The facility promises to deliver end-to-end care in every department to cater to the healthcare needs of the tribal population.

Furthermore, the hospital features six ultra-modern operation theatres, 1.5 T MRI Machine, 128 Slice CT scan with CT angiography, Cardiac Catheterisation Lab and a dialysis unit.

Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital is also equipped with an 18-bed ICU and a 26-bed NICU, District Early Intervention Centre, Aqua Therapy and Robotic Physiotherapy as well as a Sensory Garden for Developmental Disability.

To promote medical research, and train medical students and staff, the hospital has partnered with international medical varsities.

The hospital, part of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, was envisioned by spiritual visionary Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji. 

Rural patients will also get access to global doctors at the hospital through teleconsultations free of cost.

In April this year, Modi inaugurated seven new cancer hospitals in the state of Assam in a bid to boost healthcare capabilities in the north-eastern part of the country.