Vow of 13 medical colleges

Health minister Mangal Pandey on Wednesday said 13 new medical colleges would be opened in the next four years, which would take the total number of medical colleges to 26.

By S.M.SHAHBAZ in Patna
  • Published 28.06.18
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Health minister Mangal Pandey in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Manoj Kumar

Patna: Health minister Mangal Pandey on Wednesday said 13 new medical colleges would be opened in the next four years, which would take the total number of medical colleges to 26.

Five new medical colleges would be opened under the chief minister's seven resolves in Madhubani, Sitamarhi with central government aid, while in Vaishali, Bhojpur and Begusarai they would be opened by the state.

At present, among the 13 medical colleges functioning in the state, including AIIMS-Patna and IGIMS, eight are state-run and three are private.

Pandey said: "New medical colleges would be opened in Purnea, Chhapra, Samastipur, Vaishali, Begusarai, Siwan, Buxar, Jamui and Madhepura. A private medical college would also be started in Madhubani by the end of 2018, taking the total number of medical colleges to 26 in Bihar."

The announcement came at a time when the state health service is plagued by lack of adequate manpower and infrastructure as revealed by the annual health index report 2017 released by NITI Ayog, where Bihar's performance was "not encouraging", as the state, along with Rajasthan and Odisha, performed poorly in the index. The indicators for the index included maternal mortality ratio, immunisation coverage, sex ratio and healthcare facilities among others. The report used benchmark data from 2014-15 and compared it to 2015-16.

He also told reporters that the maternal mortality rate has reduced, as it was 165 in 2017, which was 208 in 2016. "It is a laudable achievement and the department would try to curb the MMR up to 100 in the coming years," Pandey said.

On the condition of the existing medical colleges run by the state, Pandey said: "The row over cancellation of 250 seats has ended as the Medical Council of India has issued a letter of permission to the three medical colleges which was cancelled. The state government is committed towards the revamp of the existing medical colleges run by the Bihar government.

We have initiated steps for their turnaround. The improvement will be visible in the near future as it would be done in a phased manner," he added.

On immunisation, he said: "Bihar has achieved 84 percent immunisation coverage in 2017, while the target is 90 percent till the end of 2018. As far as Mission Indradhanush programme is concerned, the department is implementing it effectively."