Bihar State health minister Mangal Pandey on Wednesday said 13 more medical colleges would become functional in the state in the next 4 years. Talking to media persons here, the minister said construction of Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur Medical College and Hospital at Madhepura was nearing completion. “The first academic session of the proposed medical college at Madhepura will begin from 2019,” the minister added. The state already has 13 medical colleges. Of them, eight are owned by the state government, three by private players and two autonomous organizations – IGIMS and AIIMS-Patna.
The medical college at Madhepura is being constructed with an estimated expenditure of ₹781.25 crore. “The college administration will apply to get affiliation from the Medical Council of India (MCI) soon,” Pandey said, adding of the 13 new medical colleges, eight will be set up with the assistance from the central government at Chhapra, Purnia, Samastipur, Jhanjharpur, Sitamarhi, Siwan, Dumraon (Buxar district) and Jamui. “Tender has already been floated for setting up medical college in Purnia and the construction work will begin soon. The project will entail an expenditure of ₹346 crore. Process to float tender for Chhapra medical college is on and the government is looking for suitable land for Samastipur and Sitamarhi medical colleges. For Dumraon, Jamui, Siwan and Jhanjharpur medical colleges, land has been earmarked,” the minister said. Five new medical colleges, on the other hand, will be set up under CM Nitish Kumar’s Saat Nischay (seven resolves) program at Jhanjharpur, Begusarai, Bhojpur, Sitamarhi and Vaishali.
One private medical college will come up at Madhubani while a 100-bed dental college will be established in Nalanda’s Rahui block. “The construction work of the proposed dental college in Nalanda will begin in the next two months. The project will be completed with an estimated expenditure of ₹404 crore,” the minister added. Pandey claimed the healthcare facilities had improved in the state in the last few years. “The vaccination of infants has jumped to 84 percent from 35 percent in 2005-06. In some districts, the figure stands at over 90 percent,” he said. Principal secretary of health department Sanjay Kumar said around 1.08 crore poor families in the state would be covered under Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission scheme of the center. – TOI