Belgaum | A Super-speciality hospital to come up at Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences


Published: 02/07/2018



Five years after it was approved, the Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) is getting a super-specialty teaching hospital.

The hospital will come up on BIMS premises at a cost of Rs. 180 crore. The work of demolishing old buildings inside the hospital compound wall has started.

Sources in the Medical Education Department said that Minister D.K. Shivakumar is likely to lay the foundation stone for the super-speciality hospital here on August 6.

The Siddaramaiah government sanctioned the hospital block in 2013. Administrative approvals were accorded to the detailed project report. But inviting tenders and finalising the agency were delayed.

At present, the college utilises the district government hospital that has 750 beds. Once the new hospital is ready, the district hospital will be handed back to the Health Department, the sources said.

The new hospital will have tertiary care facilities in all departments. A child health care block will be built inside the hospital compound wall.

“According to Medical Council of India guidelines, admission in a medical college is proportional to the number of beds in the hospital. It is planned in such a way that not more than five students should be able to look at, study and heal a patient. Therefore, if we want to admit 100 students, we should have 500 in-patients and therefore, 500 beds,” an officer in the college said.

The college admits 100 undergraduate students and 18 postgraduate students in 10 disciplines. The college complex also has a para-medical college that has 80 students and a nursing college that has 111 seats.

The State government was considering increasing the seats to 150 in 2017, but the proposal was deferred owing to delay in work on the hospital building.

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Source : TH