On Thursday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare digitally dedicated the newly built OT and ICU Complex in Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science, Rohtak to the nation. Among the dignitaries present were Sh. Ashwini Kr. Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Sh. Anil Vij, Minister of Home, Health and Medical Education & Research, Haryana.

The entire complex is built under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) with an investment of Rs 104.92 crores. The Complex not only houses Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD), Labs, 16 Modular Operation Theatres spread across two floors, Anesthesia Section, 34 bed ICU corridor, Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Doctor’s changing rooms but also Faculty rooms, Classrooms, Library, Conference Room, Seminar Room, Visitor Area and Cafeteria for Doctor & Staff.

He reminded the audience of Prime Minister Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2003 Independence Day Address, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Vajpayee ji’s vision ensured that 56 years after independence, India got to add another six AIIMS to the existing one. Aware of the constraints of setting up new AIIMS and the ever-expanding need to extend public health system to every region of India, another 75 existing institutions were envisioned to be upgraded to provide AIIMS like service through creation of Super Speciality Blocks or Trauma Centres. Pt.BD Sharma PGIMS has been upgraded keeping with this vision.”

Praising former Health Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj’s contribution to the PMSSY scheme and her life long association with Haryana, he said, “She was the youngest Cabinet member in the State and would have been very pleased at the event today. This event would remain incomplete without invoking their memory.”

He not only expressed gratitude for Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi’s leadership for investing his personal attention to take the scheme forward but also requested the State authorities and elected representatives to personally monitor and promote COVID Appropriate Behaviour among the people of Haryana and stay vigilant.

 Dr Vardhan reaffirmed his commitment to open 1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat- Health and Wellness Centers by 31st December, 2022 and said, “Phase III of PMSSY was announced in 2019 and work for the 75 medical colleges in the aspirational districts is already in full swing.”

Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey highlighted that PMSSY is fulfilling its target of making health accessible to the remote regions of India and fulfilling the dream of “Sarve Santu Niramaya”.

Sh. Anil Vij praised the Union Government’s proactive role in strengthening the health infrastructure in Haryana. He also apprised everyone about State Government’s intention to open a Post COVID Care Research Facility in the campus. With 160 rooms for male students, 255 rooms for female students and 156 new staff quarters, the State Government will also build a residential complex.