New Delhi, June 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the government is working to free the country from TB by 2025. Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said, “Seeing the increasing pressure on AIIMS, we are increasing facilities at all of its campuses. Today foundation stone of National Centre for Aging, which will be built at a cost of Rs 300 crore was laid. This will have 200 beds.”

PM Modi also claimed that his government has proposed and approved more numbers of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the past four years than there had been in the last 70 years. “We want to provide the best healthcare to our people at the lowest possible cost. We have proposed and approved more numbers of AIIMS than it was done in the past 70 years,” Modi said.

Prime Minister also inaugurated the 555-bed Super Speciality Block in Safdarjung Hospital. He will also dedicate the 500-bed New Emergency Block in Safdarjung Hospital. Connection Motorable Tunnel between AIIMS, Ansari Nagar and Trauma Centre will also be inaugurated by the prime minister today.

This tunnel will shorten the distance to reach the trauma centre and the critical patients can be transferred from the hospital to the trauma centre in just five minutes, which took 30 minutes earlier. The constriction of the tunnel was started in 2012 and costs 40 crore rupees.

This year in the budget government had announced that 24 new medical colleges will be opened. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the launch of a national National Health Protection Scheme which will benefit nearly 10 crore families. Under the new scheme, families will be provided up to Rs 5 lakh per year for medical needs.