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Assam to have 15 more medical colleges cum-hospitals in state

With a view to boost healthcare facilities along with medical education, the state government is targeting to establish 15 new medical colleges-cum-hospitals in Assam on top of the existing nine such institutions.

Some among these 15 institutions are under construction, while others are in the advanced planning stage.

According to sources in the government, civil works for construction of seven new medical colleges are underway. These are located at Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Charaideo, Biswanath Chariali and Kalapahar in Guwahati. As much as 90 per cent civil works has been completed of the medical colleges at Nalbari, Kokrajhar and Nagaon, while 80 per cent work has been completed at Tinsukia. The ones at Charaideo and Biswanath Chariali have witnessed completion of 25 per cent of civil works.

The government plans to secure recognition for the medical college at Nalbari from the National Medical Commission next year.

The eight medical colleges in the pipeline will be set up at Tamulpur, Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Golaghat, Goalpara, Karimganj and one inside the campus of IIT Guwahati.

The government has already allocated funds for the medical colleges at Tamulpur (Rs 666.94 crore), Dhemaji (Rs 602.25 crore), Bongaigaon (Rs 610.67 crore), Morigaon (Rs 647.58 crore) and Golaghat (Rs 631.82 crore).

It is pertinent to mention that the nine functional medical colleges and hospitals in the state are located at Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Barpeta, Diphu, Lakhimpur and Dhubri (which was virtually inaugurated on Thursday by President Droupadi Murmu). The Sentinel Assam

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