Patna, Nov 9 (UNI) Bihar government has decided to open five medical colleges in the state as part of the endeavour to achieve the goal of 'quality medicare facilities for all'.
Inaugurating a function organised here today to mark the platinum jubilee celebration of the Medical Council of India, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the state government is committed to improve medicare facilities as series of steps were being taken to achieve this goal within stipulated time frame.
Mr Kumar said the state government had taken steps to improve the treatment facilities in hospitals and primary health centres across the state.
Some other medical colleges would also be opened with the assistance of private sector, he added.
Mr Kumar also expressed his concern over the fact that number of sanctioned seats in existing medical colleges in the state were far less than the requirement forcing the students of Bihar to migrate to other states for the studies.
In near future, the number of sanctioned seats in medical colleges would be increased to check exodus of aspirants from the state, for medical education, he added.
The Chief Minister further said that the steps taken by the state government earlier had begun yielding results as number of patients seeking treatment per month at primary health centres in January 2006 was 39, which gradually increased to 4000.
Mr Kumar called upon the medical fraternity to render its services to patients with all sincerity and dedication as '' doctors were regarded as second god ''.
Keeping the doctors in high esteem by the patients, was indication in itself that no law should be enacted to regulate the medical profession, he added.
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