Kolkata: Five medical colleges, announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2016, will be made operational this year. As a result, 500 new undergraduate medical seats will be created.
The State Government-run medical colleges are located in Diamond Harbour, Purulia, Rampurhat, Raiganj and Cooch Behar, in the districts of South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Birbhum, Uttar Dinajpur and Cooch Behar, respectively. There will be a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 500 beds in these medical colleges.
A team from the Medical Council of India (MCI), the regulating body for medical colleges in the country, recently visited the hospitals to assess the infrastructure.
According to officials of the Health Department, tenders would soon be floated to construct four other medical colleges – in Jhargram, Tamluk, Barasat and Arambagh. Thus, four other districts – Jhargram, Purba Medinipur, North 24 Parganas and Hooghly – would get medical colleges.
With these medical institutes, Bangla is gradually realising Mamata Banerjee’s dream of a medical college in every district. Besides creating more and more doctors, it would enable people much easier access to medical facilities.
Already, efforts like free beds, fair-priced medicines and diagnostic tests, superspeciality hospitals and various other facilities have made Bangla a torchbearer in providing public medical services in the country.