North campus may make access to Nimhans easier

People staying in the northern part of the City and surrounding villages can avail advanced medical facilities at their doorsteps, once the north campus of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) takes shape. 

The foundation stone for the 40-acre campus was laid on Friday at Kyasenahalli in KR Puram. It will be developed in a phased manner and equipped with an array of facilities such as advanced Comprehensive Trauma Care Centre, Rehabilitation Unit and Counselling Centre for Well-being. The project, costing an estimated Rs 250 crore,  will be funded by the State and Central governments.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Deputy Minister R Ashoka said: “The campus will help people staying in Mahadevapura, Devanahalli, Yelahanka and other surrounding areas. They need not go all the way to the present campus in the South.

Every year, 10 lakh people meet with road accidents in the City. Out of this, four lakh die on the spot. The campus, once operational, will be a boon to victims of such accidents as they can get treatment immediately.” 

Advanced equipment

Other facilities such as fully-equipped operation theatres, ICUs, high dependency wards, efficient fleet of ambulances fitted with GPRS and telecommunication equipment and community-oriented mental health and neuro services will be introduced. Health and Family Welfare Minister Arvind Limbavali said the construction of the first phase of the building will be finished by May 2014. 

“Every year around 4.5 lakh people and 13,000 head injury victims visit Nimhans. We hope that the new campus will be much better in terms of maintenance, facilities and accessibility,” said Director and Vice-Chancellor, Nimhans, Dr P Satish Chandra. KR Puram MLA Nandish Reddy was present on the occasion.

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