Number of medical colleges doubled in India in 9 years: Health Minister Mandaviya

by Rahul Devi

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, recently announced that the number of medical colleges in India has doubled in the past nine years. Speaking at the inauguration of a regional cancer centre at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), he also stated that the government aims to build one critical care unit in every district across the nation.

During his address, Minister Mandaviya highlighted the significant growth in the number of MBBS seats in the country. The number increased from 50,000 in 2014 to 1,07,000 at present. Moreover, he inaugurated a new undergraduate medical college, a nursing college building, eight modular operation theatres, and several other facilities.

The Minister emphasized that the government’s efforts to improve healthcare infrastructure have been substantial. In addition to doubling the number of medical colleges, a total of 1,70,000 Health and Wellness Centres have been established throughout the country. The initiative to build one Critical Care unit in every district aims to ensure better access to critical medical services for all residents.

Highlighting the significance of the newly inaugurated facilities at NEIGRIHMS, he mentioned that they will cater to the healthcare needs of the people in the Northeast region. The central government is committed to enhancing the health infrastructure in the area. The Minister also laid the foundation stone for a 150-bed Critical Care Block at NEIGRIHMS.

Furthermore, Minister Mandaviya stated that the government plans to develop NEIGRIHMS as an institute of national importance. This move is expected to boost healthcare services and medical education in the region.

Comparing India’s healthcare system to other countries, the Minister emphasized that India follows a four-tier mechanism consisting of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), primary, secondary, and tertiary services. ASHA workers have played a crucial role in the country’s response to the prevention and management of the ongoing pandemic.

Regarding funding, the Minister announced that a budget of approximately ₹64,000 crore has been allocated for the country in the next four years. This translates to an average of ₹100 crore for every district, enabling the development of healthcare facilities and services nationwide.

In conclusion, the significant increase in the number of medical colleges and MBBS seats, combined with the establishment of Health and Wellness Centres and Critical Care units, showcases the government’s commitment to providing accessible and quality healthcare across India. The initiatives undertaken are set to strengthen the health infrastructure of the nation, with a particular focus on the Northeast region.

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