Bhubaneswar AIIMS authorities would introduce traditional forms of treatment like yoga, ayurveda, homeopathy and unani to tackle the growing number of patients. Bhubaneswar AIIMS director Ashok Kumar Mohapatra said the introduction of the traditional forms of treatment would help in handling rush of patients and reducing pressure on allopathic doctors of the hospital.
"Patients suffering from common diseases like fever, cough and old age diseases can easily be treated through traditional means of treatment ... homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines also have less side effects," he said.
AIIMS here has only 68 doctors and more than 1,000 patients visit the institute every day. It has more than 200 beds and 26 departments like medicine, surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics. There are plans to take the number of departments to 50 and the bed strength to 500.
The expansion project of the hospital will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December this year, AIIMS Bhubaneswar sources said.