Centre to set up 50 new govt medical colleges, says Azad

Ahmedabad

The Central government will be setting up 50 new government medical colleges. It will also set up a National Cancer Institute (NCI), 20 state cancer institutes, including one in Gujarat, and 50 tertiary cancer institutes across the country. The proposals were given a go-ahead by the Union Cabinet a week ago and all these projects are likely to become functional in the next two-three years.

NCI, to be set up near Delhi at an expected cost of Rs 2,200 crore, is billed as the biggest investment in health sector by the Union government so far. Besides, a decision to set up one national para-medical institute and eight regional paramedical institutes in the next two years had also been taken. Giving these informations at a press conference here on Saturday, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that these initiatives had been taken to produce more human resources, like doctors and paramedical staff, as also set up infrastructures to tackle and face the future health-related challenges.

Quoting from World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Azad said that diabetes, heart and kidney diseases were to dominate all the dieseases in the world in the next 15-20 years and India would be having the largest number of them because of its population. And, hence, these initiatives by the Union government.

To ensure that India did not face shortage of doctors, Azad said that his ministry brought changes in the Medical Council of India (MCI) rules, increasing the strength of seats by 50 per cent for MBBS courses and by 75 per cent for MD and other postgraduate courses in medical colleges in the country. Apart from this, he said that his ministry spent Rs 1,11,000 crore in the last four years for uprgradation and setting up of 51,000 district hospitals, community and primary health centres in the country in the last four years.

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