Statement by Dr. S Gurushankar, Chairman, Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai on announcement of new AIMS at Madurai:
“The decision of the Indian Government to establish a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Madurai is welcome. This will help fulfill the long-felt need for such an institute of medical excellence in south Tamil Nadu.
The new AIMS, once completed, will give a big boost to healthcare infrastructure of the state. It will help correct regional imbalances in the availability of affordable, high-quality healthcare and medical education. Both patients and medical students will benefit.
The newly announced AIMS in other parts of the country have faced delays in completion and unfulfilled vacancies, so proper planning and execution are important. The government should ensure that the AIMS at Madurai is completed on time and opened to the public as soon as possible.
The institute should be equipped with adequate infrastructure in terms of doctors and medical machinery. Also, there should be special focus on setting up super-specialties like cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, and pulmonology. This will enable patients from the region to avail advanced medical care nearer their homes and not travel to big cities for treatment.“