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Center Embarks Upon an Ambitious Plan to Expand Tertiary Healthcare in a Big Way

Center has already embarked on an ambitious plan to expand tertiary care in a big way in the country and has started the process to establish 13 new AIIMS, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said here today. Addressing a function on the inauguration of the ₹300 crore Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi Medical College here, Nadda said the Union government likes to focus on building capacities to produce more and more public health practitioners and on enabling the large category of nursing and health workers to handle preventive and promotive health easily. He said the Union government also likes to harness the National Skilling Programs set up by our sister departments to see how a large mass of young health professionals could be put in place in quick time to address our healthcare issues.

The Union Minister said super specialty blocks are being set up in 73 medical colleges and 58 district hospitals in Phase-I and 24 district hospitals in Phase-II are being upgraded to Medical Colleges.
This apart 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centers are being set up. National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar (with bed capacity of 710) and second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata are also being established. The Union Minister said the central government is committed to give special emphasis for the development of the Odisha adding that five districts– Balasore, Baripada (Mayurbhanj), Balangir, Koraput & Puri were approved in Odisha for establishment of new medical colleges in Phase-I. Except Puri the rest have become functional. He said a sum of ₹558.6 crore have been released by the Central Government for these 5 medical colleges. – United News of India

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