Incomplete infrastructure at AIIMS causes kvetch

Bhubaneswar: The deadline for completion of work at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the city seems farfetched given the tardy pace of progress. Though the deadline is December 2016, the institute’s director Ashok Mohapatra said that it is difficult to finish the work within the timeframe.

Similarly, the shortage of doctor is affecting patient care. Though the patients are happy with the treatment, lack of complete infrastructure is a cause of kvetch for them.

“Though we are happy with the facilities and the development over the years, there are still certain areas which need to address to offer better patient care,” remarked a city resident who frequents the prestigious hospital.

Meanwhile, after the initial infrastructure development, treatment of patients is continuing at the hospital. Though manpower, equipment and other infrastructure required to provide world-class treatment is not fully in place, steps are being taken incrementally to improve the infrastructure.

Keeping in mind the requirement of additional ICUs, 35 of them will be made operational within a month’s time. The work of the medical and nursing college is 95% complete while the first phase of the residential complex is 60% complete. Similarly, the work of the hospital building is 80% complete.

Meanwhile, tendering process for the all important operation theatres is not complete. “The construction of operation theatre is a major cause of concern as we are not being able to complete the tendering process. The operation theatre takes around a year to compete and I don’t expect it to be completed before December 2016,” said Dr Mohapatra.