Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi dedicated the 1,500-bed world-class environment-friendly Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Institute of Medical Science & Research built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) at a cost of Rs.750-crore here today.
Speaking on the occasion, he wished this super-specialty hospital would provide better medical facilities for the people of Gujarat, It would become a model for government hospitals in the country. He recalled that Sardar Patel who was a Mayor of Ahmedabad himself was protagonist of cleanliness and public health.
Mr. Modi said the nearly seven lakh poor and middle class patients have been treated free-of-cost under the newly launched Ayushman Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna during the last 100 day, bearing a cost of Rs.10,000 per patient daily, saving the poor and needy from being heavily in debt. SVP is linked to the Ayushman Yojna. This Yojna has encouraged many to start hospitals in smaller towns also.
He said that the Central Government has undertaken several steps to strengthen the healthcare, like permitting more hospitals and medical colleges, increasing number of MBBS seats by 18,000 and Postgraduate Courses by 13,000.
Mr. Modi said that 10 per cent reservation for Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections reflects the Central Government’s will and determination for social equanimity. Gujarat is the first state to implement the quota. It will benefit students in 40,000 colleges in 900 universities. It has been ensued that fresh quota doesn’t rob the chances of sections of the society already benefitting from reservation.
Thanking Prime Minister for allocating the AIMS to Gujarat, Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani categorically stated that the state government is determined to follow his foot-marks to avail “health security” to the poorest among poor person.
Mr. Rupani also recalled that when Mr. Modi was chief minister of Gujarat, he had initiated the “Ma Amrutam” and “Ma Vatsalya” health schemes with keeping the poor man in the centre. Now, the Prime Minister has initiated ‘The Ayushman Bharat Scheme’ to extend health benefits to billions of Indians. Gujarat is implementing the same at a rapid speed.
The Chief Minister further stated that Mr. Modi had a vision to make Ahmedabad a world class city. The newer version of V. S. Hospital has added a new feather into it.
Giving full credit to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister said that vertical growth of Gujarat was due to ‘Vibrant Summit’ series initiated by Mr. Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
While, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel stated that ‘River Front’ project in Ahmedabad city was a priceless gift from Mr. Modi.
Earlier, the Prime Minister had reviewed health facilities made available at the SVP Hospital. He was apprised about the available medical facilities by Municipal Commissioner Mr. Vijay Nehra.
The occasion was also graced by Revenue Minister Mr. Kaushikbhai Patel, MLAs, Mayor Bijalben Patel, Chief Secretary Mr. J. N. Singh, and others.