The Union Health Ministry is planning to set up two national centres for Ageing at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here and at Madras Medical College in Chennai.
As part of the government’s focus on providing quality medical care to the elderly, 12 regional geriatric centres would also be set up in medical colleges across the country. “These National Centres for Ageing will be specialised centres of excellence for geriatric care.
They will develop manuals for home care and provide training to specialists and formulate protocols in areas of elderly care.
A need was felt for setting up these centres as there is no specialisation in geriatric medicines (in the country). These institutes will also be involved in developing enhanced evidence of elderly through research in geriatrics and gerontology,” the official said.
The two centres would have 200 beds and also have 15 seats for post-graduate course in geriatric medicine. Meanwhile, speaking at a function at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, health minister J P Nadda urged private hospitals to “adopt” small government-run hospitals.
“Models presented by private institutions like Sir Ganga Ram Hospital should be enunciated, elaborated and emulated. And, we want institutions like yours to come and adopt, may be a small public health institution, and replicate the work done at your places,” Nadda said.