| Chief minister Nitish Kumar at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the state government was trying its best to overcome the hurdles on the way to develop Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences.
“The state government had to give an undertaking to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the continuation of the MBBS course in the college after it was de-recognised. We would definitely prevent any further obstacles in the development of the premier health hub. We are trying our best to overcome the hurdles,” Nitish said, laying the foundation stone of the medical college building of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) on its campus.
Nitish said Rs 550 crore had been allotted to IGIMS from the state government for the construction of a medical college building, administrative building and a hospital among other facilities.
Sources said a medical college building, an administrative building, a state-of-the-art library, boys’ hostel and a guesthouse for the parents of the students would be built in the first phase. In the second phase, a 350-bed hospital, outpatient department, indoor department, playground, auditorium and quarters for faculty members would be developed.
Nitish said: “This year, the newly built medical colleges at Pawapuri and Bettiah have also got permission from the MCI to start admission.”
The chief minister said there had been talks with the Tata Memorial Hospital and the atomic energy department authorities to help IGIMS start super-speciality cancer treatment. “If this plan materialises, hardly any cancer patient would have to go to other states for treatment. At present, only Mahavir Cancer Hospital is treating cancer patients in the state. It is doing a commendable job but Mahavir Cancer Sansthan alone cannot do much. To make it an epicentre of education and health, the state government would provide whatever help it needs,” he added.