The Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), which was planned to be developed following the lineage of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, will be operational in a month. The project will now be running towards a progressive completion after a prolonged delay of six years. The first phase of VIMS is almost complete.
Kamineni Srinivas, Minister for Health and Medical Education shared the good news. “We will dedicate it as New Year-eve gift to Vizagites though due to variety of reasons its operations got delayed. We will start with out-patient services in a month” he said.
It is said that VIMS will initially have trauma, neurology and orthopedics departments. The institute will be fully operational in six months or so. The minister confirmed that AP government had already released Rs.30 crore for purchase of equipment for the super-specialty hospital. The hospital will have 50 beds in the pilot phase.
VIMS has been developed in an area of 110 acres on the land where an Old Dairy Farm initially existed. Loacted on National Highway-16, the farm was originally planned for showcasing Visakhapatnam as a hub for medical tourism.
So far, the government has already spent Rs.75 crore for creating four lakh square ft. of built-up area. Though the construction was completed six years ago, it could not be made operational due to resource crunch issues and equipment. The project was sanctioned in 2005 to create 15 blocks with an investment of Rs.209 crore with a plan to go operational by mid-2006.
The project will also need a further budget of Rs.300 crore to Rs.400 crore to complete construction of remaining blocks of VIMS. The Minister said that plans are on to even strengthen the infrastructure at King George Hospital while VIMS progresses.