Shahjahanpur: Union health minister JP Nadda and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav shared dais on Saturday here to lay the foundation stone for the Rohilkhand region’s first medical college, which will house a 500 bed hospital.
The medical college, with 100 seats, will come up near Azizpur Jignera village, about 15 kms from Shahjahanpur. The initial sanctioned amount for the hospital is Rs 1.90 crore and the Centre will provide 75% of the total funding, while the rest of the amount will be given by the state government.
After the ceremony, both– the Union minister and the chief minister—tried taking the credit for the proposed hospital. Elections in UP are due next year. Union minister Nadda said that the hospital was proposed by the Central government, along with four other medical colleges in Bahraich, Firozabad, Basti and Faizabad districts of the state.
Chief minister Yadav told the rally, “Our government will make sure that the medical college in Shahjahanpur is completed soon and any additional fund, if required, will be provided for this project by state government.”
However, Yadav thanked the BJP-led central government. “We have always tried to extend helping hand to all the initiatives by the central government. I am very grateful that I was invited on this occasion,” the chief minister said.
Nadda said that the Centre will establish 58 medical colleges across the country as part of ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’. “Each hospital will have 100 seats, so the total number of seats will increase by 5800,” Nadda said.
On the occasion, Nadda also announced that dialysis centres will be set up in the district hospitals across the country, so that people belonging to BPL category could avail the facility for free. The Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders will get the facility at regulated rate. “A budget of Rs 900 crores will be sanctioned soon to set up the dialysis centres across the country,” he said.
Director of Health services, UP, Dr BN Tripathi said, “This will be the 14th government medical college of the state with 500 bed hospital which will provide OPD (outpatient department) facility to 2500-3000 patients per day. The new medical colleges in UP would be an answer the shortage of doctors in the government hospitals.”
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