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One Medical College Per District, UP Paves Way For Medical Revolution

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By: Pramod Kumar Singh
Updated: October 22, 2021 18:12
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LUCKNOW: From 12 medical colleges in a state with a population of 23 crore before 2017 to 59 colleges today, Uttar Pradesh government is working consistently to improve the healthcare infrastructure in the state. In keeping with the goal set by the state Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, to have a medical college in each UP district, the administration is working steadily to create a robust health infrastructure backed by equally qualitative medical education and facilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate nine new medical colleges with total capacity of 900 MBBS seats on October 25. National Medical Commission has cleared these 9 medical colleges for starting the admission process from the current academic session itself. It would be pertinent to mention here that CM Yogi Adityanath has recently cleared infrastructure for new medical colleges and universities and added 2,488 seats for MBBS and 588 seats for PG courses. ALSO READ & WATCH: UP’s Move To Allow Economic Activity Helped It Drop Unemployment From 11 % to 4 % During COVID: IIT Kanpur Study

CM Yogi Adityanath also announced the administrative clearance for the opening of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow. The university is close to completion. According to the officials, this university will also grant affiliation to new medical colleges that will open in the state. As of now, it has granted affiliation to 11 medical colleges. The university will start functioning in academic session 2022-23. According to Dr AK Singh, the Vice Chancellor, the university will grant affiliation to para-medical, dental and nursing colleges as well.

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“CM Yogi has drawn out an actionable road map to not only set up new medical colleges, but also to improve the existing health apparatus in the state to meet the growing demand of healthcare in the state,” said Principal Secretary Medical Education, Alok Kumar.

Of the 59 colleges, academic activities have begun in 32 medical colleges. Faculties of all the departments have been established and MBBS students are getting quality education with state of the art medical infrastructure and research facilities, Kumar added.

According to the information released by Yogi Adityanath government on completion of its 4.5 years on September 19, 2021, “Nine more medical colleges are ready and academic activities will start this year itself after these colleges are officially handed over to the Medical Education department”.

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Uttar Pradesh Government has set up and put into operation a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for setting up medical colleges in 16 districts. These districts are bereft of any private or a government medical college.

The policy has been announced and the process to develop and build these medical colleges within the time frame has begun. With these medical colleges, Uttar Pradesh will meet its ambitious target of having a medical college in each of its 75 districts

“Other than setting up new medical colleges and starting academic activities, the state government has set up six Super Speciality Blocks across the state. Two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been set up at Gorakhpur and Rae Bareilly and OPD services have begun. Thousands of patients are getting specialised medical facilities in these two districts with these new hospitals coming up. Renal Health has been another area of concern for Uttar Pradesh and in order to mitigate the problems faced by patients suffering from kidney related ailments, the state government has started Dialysis facilities in 47 districts”, said Navneet Sehgal, the Additional Chief Secretary of Information.

“During the first and second wave of the Covid-19, people faced chest related issues. The state government started free CT scan services in 56 districts and 170 mobile medical units were operationalised. The UP Government set up 1,004 Jan Ausadhi Kendras where people could get critical life-saving drugs and generic medicines at cheap rates. We are running 5,424 Health and Wellness centres along with 3,500 sub health centres, 1,475 primary health centres and 309 urban primary health centres,” he added.

The Uttar Pradesh government has earned praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its handling of Covid-19 outbreak, he shared.

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