Arunachal govt to convert NHRM hospital into Medical College

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Itanagar, Aug 13 (UNI) The Arunachal Pradesh government is planning to convert the proposed 300-bedded hospital under the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), in Naharlagun General Hospital, into a medical college.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister C C Singpho said this while attending a function at a private hospital here yesterday.

''For the construction of the medical college, we have to face a number of difficulties, including shortage of qualified doctors, besides infrastructure and acquisition of land,'' he said.

''We are trying to acquire land in and around the General Hospital premises to facelift the proposed 300-bedded hospital into a full-fledged Medical College,'' he said.

In this regard, a high-level committee sent its recommendations to the Centre to sanction Rs 130 crore for construction of the said hospital.

''The work on the detailed project report is on for execution of the dream project,'' he said.

On the establishment of Ayurvedic Researce Centre for traditional medicines at Pasighat in East Siang district, the Minister said President Pratibha Patil is expected to visit the state in November to lay the foundation stone of the Research Centre.

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