The health department wants a medical college and hospital in Chhapra and has drafted a proposal for inclusion in the next Five-Year Plan.
In November last year, the department had met in Patna to discuss the plan.
Presided by health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey and attended by health secretary Vyasji, Chhapra civil surgeon Dr Vinay Kumar Yadav was asked to present suggestions. Dr Yadav sent his proposal to the department last week.
A medical college and hospital in the district headquarters is a long-pending demand.
Apart from Chhapra Sadar hospital, the nearest medical institutes are in Patna (100km southeast) and in Muzaffarpur (around 100km northeast).
Dr Yadav told The Telegraph: “The health department had sought a proposal for establishing a medical college in Chhapra. It was sent to the department last week. The health department has assured us that the proposal would be included in the next Five-Year Plan. Once the medical college and hospital is established, a long cherished demand of the people here would be fulfilled.” The health hub would be equipped with world-class facilities, modern equipment, apparatus and resources, he said.
Yadav has proposed the medical college and hospital be established on 10 acres of the Chhapra Sadar hospital.
The health department’s initiative followed the inauguration of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan engineering college by chief minister Nitish Kumar in August 2012.