Exclusive medical facility for paramilitary

Exclusive medical facility for paramilitary

Paramilitary forces in the country will soon get a sophisticated medical education complex on the lines of AIIMS and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) at a cost of Rs 1,368 crore.

The Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences (CAPFIMS) is coming up in south Delhi’s Maidan Garhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stone on Wednesday.

Once the complex is ready, it will offer courses in medicine and open up job avenues.
In the medical college, 100 seats will be allotted to MBBS course, 40 to postgraduate courses and 20 to PG diploma.

For post doctoral courses – Doctor of Medicine (DM) and Master of Chirurgery (MCH) – there were 10 seats while for nursing course, there were 60,  besides 300 for paramedics. The idea behind CAPFIMS, conceived in 2009, was to meet the demand for  medical, paramedical and nursing staff from paramilitary forces.

BSF spokesperson V N Parashar told Deccan Herald that the CPWD has been asked to complete the project within two years.

“Since medical professionals such as doctors and nurses always have the option of working in civilian establishments, a career in forces may not be their first choice or priority due to combatised environment and hardships of  deployment in disturbed and difficult areas,” a senior BSF official said.

The official said they felt the necessity to attract and retain doctors, paramedical staff and nurses through in-house training of medical professionals on the lines of AFMC.

CAPFIMS, monitored by the BSF, aims to fill up vacancies and provide staff to the chain of hospitals for paramilitary forces across the country.

CAPFIMS will be an autonomous body run by a society under Ministry of Home Affairs and it will have a medical institute, a Research and Referral Hospital (500 beds and 115 ICU beds), General Speciality Hospital (800 beds and 200 ICU beds), a Super Speciality Hospital (300 beds and 85 ICU beds).

A nursing college and a school for paramedics will also be part of CAPFIMS. “This will ensure quality healthcare professionals, competent paramedical and nursing staff duly trained in the ethos, culture and unique requirements of the forces,” the official said.

CAPFIMS will also have an Air Ambulance Unit and Fast Field Mobile Hospital Unit.

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