GANDHINAGAR: Ahead of the crucial assembly elections in Gujarat later this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Medical College in Navsari.
The 446-bed hospital, when completed, will cater for the needs of over one crore people from 2,397 villages in five districts.
According to Gujarat government officials, Prime Minister Narendra will lay the foundation stone for the new GMERS Medical College in Navsari on Friday.
In the last five years, the Central Government has approved nine medical colleges in Gujarat, including AIIMS, Rajkot.
Speaking about the new medical college in Navsari, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in a statement said, “This medical college will boost healthcare infrastructure and benefit the population of one crore residing in Navsari and the surrounding five districts.”
The Chief Minister said that the state government will complete this project by 2024.
“We are equipping government hospitals in the state with world-class technology and robust healthcare facilities. I am grateful to the Prime Minister for approving nine new medical colleges in Gujarat during the last five years. This improved medical infrastructure will also enable the state to become a Medical Tourism destination in the future,” Patel said.
The Gujarat government officials said that the medical college will be built at a cost of Rs 542.50 crore, which will be spread over 20 acres.
The state government will also additionally spend around Rs 74 crore to provide medical instruments, equipment, and other hardware in the hospital besides Rs 542 crore.
The state government will also upgrade the existing government hospital functioning on the five acres area in Navsari.
Manoj Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary of the Gujarat Health Department said, “This new medical college has been developed as a Tertiary Care Hospital with a facility of 446 beds.”
Agarwal said that the entire building will be equipped with modern facilities which include seven major operation theatres, nine minor operation theatres, seven Intensive Care Units (ICUs), six dedicated ICU beds of a total of 30 beds with a state-of-the-art emergency medical department for IPD along with OPD facility for almost all diseases, blood bank with component separation facilities, pharmacy, clinical laboratories, 26 general wards and 13 outpatient departments.
The new medical college will also recruit 725 medical staff which comprises 125 doctors and about 600 nurses and other technical staff.
According to state government officials, every year, around 100 students will be able to pursue MBBS from Navsari Medical college.
With the approval of nine new medical colleges, nearly 5,800 MBBS seats have increased in Gujarat over the last five years and it is estimated that in the coming days, about 6,500 doctors, nurses, and other technical staff will also be recruited in these medical colleges, the officials added.
The crucial assembly election in Gujarat is scheduled for later this year. The ruling BJP has been in power in the state since 1995.