VIJAYAWADA: Health minister Kamineni Srinivas has announced that a Central committee will visit Andhra Pradesh soon to identify a suitable location for the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). An amount of `125 crore has been allotted for construction works in the first year and in all likelihood AIIMS will be set up between Vijayawada and Guntur. Speaking at a review meeting of health officials from all the 13 districts in Vijayawada Friday, Kamineni Srinivas said that the Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, would be the mentoring institute for the proposed premier medical institute. Efforts would be made to get more seats allotted to the state from 350 additional seats sanctioned by MCI for AP.
The health minister launched the ‘Pentavalent‘ vaccine in Vijayawada on the occasion. The vaccine, which was administered in eight states earlier, has been introduced in 12 other states this year, AP being one of them. Pentavalent vaccine is aimed against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib at one go rather than administering different vaccines for all these diseases. The health minister also launched the Vitamin A campaign and a 100-day action plan for the medical and health department. He urged the health officials to improve their performance and said that the government was committed to health reforms on the occasion.
“Three doses of Pentavalent vaccine should be administered to children below 5 years. The first dose will be administered in October and to ensure that the vaccine is given to all children without fail, the health department has started its preparations now itself by planning cold chains and micro plans.” commissioner of health and family welfare YV Anuradha explained. Health, medical and family welfare principal secretary LV Subramanyam, APMISDC managing director Ravichandra, AP National Rural Health Mission director G Jyothi Buddha Prakash and APVVP commissioner Kanakadurga were present.