After Congress MLA of Basavanabagewadi taluk Shivananda Patil became Health Minister, a proposal has again been mooted for getting a government medical college granted to Vijayapura district. According to the proposal, the government has been urged to consider granting medical college to be constructed on the district government hospital premises. District Surgeon Mahendra Kapse said that soon after taking charge, Patil directed him to prepare a detailed proposal for submitting it to the government seeking grant of a medical college. He said that such a proposal was sent by his predecessor in the past also. But for some reason it was not approved, he added. About the facilities available in the hospital, which, according to him, meet the basic requirement for a medical college, Dr Kapse said that the hospital is equipped with 250 beds, in different departments.
“We receive around 1200 out-patients and nearly 100 in-patients every day. Patients come here from places in a 60-km radius. Besides this, a super-speciality 100-bed unit is being constructed here. All these facilities are needed for any medical hospital,” he said. With regard to availability of space for the college, he said that while the hospital has around 140 acres of land. Of this, 60 acres is still vacant which could be used for the construction of the college, he added. While the district hospital has prepared the proposal and submitted to the government, Patil has also said that he always wanted a government medical college for the district.
In an interview with The Hindu recently, Patil had said that since he was now Health Minister, he would ensure that the district has a medical college during his tenure itself. “When I was MLA, I had submitted several proposals. But for some reason, the government in the past did not consider the demands. However, now, I myself have become the Minister of Health and I will try my best to get a government medical college for the district,” he had said. – The Hindu