Work on three new Medical Colleges to begin May 15
SRINaGAR: Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has conveyed its approval for construction of three Medical Colleges –one each at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla. The foundation stone of the new Medical Colleges would be laid on May 15, 2016 by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Jai Prakash Nadda.
Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat has conveyed his gratitude to the centre, especially Nadda for paying special attention to the up-gradation of health facilities in the Jammu and Kashmir and sanctioning five Government Medical Colleges.
The Minister said that the present Government in the State vigorously pursued the issue with centre Government of India for expediting the establishment of proposed Government Medical Colleges. He said the approval for remaining two Colleges viz; Kathua and Doda is likely to be conveyed by the Centre as soon as the formalities are being finalized. These Colleges will involve an estimated cost of Rs. 189 crore each, said the Minister.
With the setting up of five Medical Colleges in the State, there would not only be a notable improvement in the overall health services, but the State will become self-sufficient in creating the required manpower (doctors) for manning the health institutions in the State. He said the State Government will continue to make its best efforts to further augment the health sector across the State with the active support of the Central Government. He said Central Government is so liberal in providing funds and other logistic support for improving the health infrastructure across the State.
Bali said the State Government will formulate a comprehensive programme for further expanding and strengthening the health and diagnostic facilities, especially in the rural and far-flung areas. He further maintained that the State Health Department will maintain a close coordination with the Central Government for speedy clearance of all technical and administrative bottlenecks paving way for ensuring timely release of funds for completion of all on-going health projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile the Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash has said that three new medical colleges are being established in the State soon to augment the human resource for the betterment of health sector.
She said the State Government will soon complete the formalities for obtaining formal sanction for other two medical colleges to be established in Doda and Kathua districts, as Government of India has raised certain queries in this regard.
The Minister said the formalities for setting up AIIMS at Awantipora are also being completed so that the prestigious institute comes up as early as possible.
She further said that 10 nursing colleges are also being established in the State.