Meghalaya govt to set up medical college

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Shillong, Sep 3 (UNI) In order to address the shortage of trained medical professionals, the Meghalaya government has proposed to set up a medical institute under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode to meet the state's requirement.

The state is facing a major hurdle in health sector due to shortage of doctors to provide adequate healthcare facilities to the people.

''There is shortage of 400 doctors and we are facing a major challenge to meet the requirements of the people,'' state Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Adviser Pariong said.

He also admitted that out of 103 Public Health Centres (PHCs), some of them were non-functional due to shortage of doctors to work in the PHCs.

Four months after taking over the helm of affairs, the Nationalist Congress Party-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government invited Expressions of Interest to start the medical college.

''We have taken initiative to sort out this burgeoning issue by setting up a medical college to attract students to serve in the state,'' Dr Pariong said.

He added that five private institutions - Sikkim Manipal University, Max group, Martin Luther Christian University, KLE Kolkata and Industrial Leasing Finance Services (IFLS) - responded to the government's EOI.

''We will soon finalise the bids of these institutions and decide the location for setting up the first state-owned medical college,'' he said.

In fact, the Centre has already set up the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), the region's lone postgraduate medical institute and the third in the country.

The Union Health Ministry had decided to start the MBBS course in the institute with the first intake of 50 students, including 24 students from those Northeastern states which do not have a medical college.

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