Medical Current Affairs

Union Cabinet approves establishment of new AIIMS at Gorakhpur

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

It will be established under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at correcting imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare facilities in different parts of country and also augmenting facilities for quality medical education in under-served states.

Key Facts

  • The AIIMS, Gorakhpur will have a hospital with capacity of 750 beds which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Super Speciality beds and Private Beds and ICU Speciality.
  • In addition, it will have an Administration Block, Auditorium, AYUSH Block, Night Shelter, residential facilities and Hostels.
  • The cost of project for establishment of the AIIMS Gorakhpur will be 1011 crore rupees. It does not include recurring costs (wages, salaries and operation & maintenance expenses).
  • AIIMS will meet its recurring expenditure from their annual budgets through Grant-in-Aid provided from Plan Budget Head of PMSSY of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • The establishment of AIIMS, Gorakhpur will serve the dual purpose of providing super specialty health care to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region.

Background

  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), AIIMS have been established in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Raipur, Rishikesh and Patna.
  • The work of AIIMS at Rae Bareli is in progress. Besides, three new AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) also have been sanctioned in 2015.

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Indigenously developed fecal incontinence management system ‘Qora’ launched

The Union Government has launched ‘Qora’, an indigenously developed affordable Faecal Incontinence Management System (FIMS).

It was launched by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Science & Technology Y.S.Chowdary in New Delhi.

The FIMS-Qora was developed under the Union Ministry of Science & Technology’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Bio design Programme by M/s. Consure Medical.

What is Fecal incontinence?

  • Fecal incontinence (FI) is a medical condition marked by inability to control one’s bowel movements. It causes feces (stool) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum.
  • This medical condition worldwide affects nearly 100 million bed ridden patients. Furthermore, about 50% of the psychiatric ward patients due to long-term neurological diseases have FI.
  • At present, the only available solutions for this condition are absorbent pads and fecal drainage catheters.

Significance of FIMS-Qora

  • This affordable novel technology will help to address the clinical and economic implications of FI by expanding indications for use.
  • It will also help in reducing skill level required to use a device, and introducing a new level of care for patients outside the ICU.

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