Monday, February 19, 2024

Institutes listed for med college in M’laya

Meghalaya government has short listed three institutes for setting up of medical institute under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode to meet the state’s requirement, an official said Monday.
Of the seven educational institutes who submitted their bid, the government has short listed three institutes Universal Educational Group, New Delhi Medicontriver, Mumbai and Martin Luther University, Shillong.
“The process is on and the government would soon asked them to submit their terms and quotation and what they expect from the government on terms of financial assistance and support,” principal secretary in-charge health and family welfare, AK Srivastava said
Health authorities disclosed that the government is facing a major hurdle in health sector due to shortage of doctors to provide adequate healthcare facilities to the people.
“Yes, we are facing a huge shortage of 400 doctors, including medical specialists, but nonetheless the government had inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with non-governmental organizations through PPP model to run the health centers in rural areas,” Srivastava said.
At least, seven NGOs had signed a MoU with Meghalaya government to provide 24×7 health facilities to the people residing in remote areas.
“The government intention to start a medical college was to sort out this burgeoning problem (shortage of medical doctors). The proposed medical college would attract students to serve in the state,” he opined.
The centre has already set up North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), the region’s lone postgraduate medical institute and 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 Northeastern states which do not have a medical college.

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