More medical colleges on medical education department’s plan for UP

As part of the state government’s plan to set up 25 medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in the next five years, the medical education department on Monday said it will upgrade five more district hospitals into medical colleges with 150 MBBS seats each. These hospitals are in Etah, Sultanpur, Dewariya, Mirzapur and Lalitpur. The proposal will be sent to the central government for approval, said state minister for medical education, Ashutosh Tandon.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday to enlist the medical education department’s achievements in last six months and declare its future goals, Tandon said that 500 beds will be added in the second phase extension at SGPGI Lucknow to meet the patient’s’ burden at the institute. At present, it has 950 beds. Besides, specialization units of liver transplant, robotic surgery and emergency medicine will be set up at SGPGI, the minister announced.

The organ transplant and burn unit at King George’s Medical University will also become functional by March 2018, the minister said E-hospital facility to enable patients to register online for appointments and payments will also be facilitated in six state medical colleges and two medical institutes for which a budget of Rs 10 crore has been kept aside.

 Tandon also announced setting up of a Medical Education Strategy Cell to develop a roadmap for the current 13 medical colleges and two medical institutes in UP. Maintaining oxygen, fire safety and electrical norms has formed major part of the inspection done which will now be reviewed and developed on by the Cell. Another ten committees have been formed to look into death audits, neonatal medical care etc at state medical colleges. A sum of Rs 36 crore will be provided for the independent electrical feeder for the proposed AIIMS in Gorakhpur.
Adding to the decision to upgrade district hospitals to medical colleges, director general of medical education (DGME) Dr KK Gupta said, “Last year five district hospitals- in Basti, Faizabad, Firozabad, Shahjahanpur and Bahraich had been  identified for the purpose for which land had been acquired and boundary wall was made. The five more identified now for next year will add to the goal of setting up 25 medical colleges.

Highlighting the department’s achievements, Tandon said that it was the first time that online counselling for MBBS and dental seat allotment under UG-NEET 2017 was done in the state. The state has 1,673 MBBS seats in state medical colleges and 2,550 MBBS seats in private medical colleges. For dental seats, it was claimed that all 51 government seats and 1,541 dental seats in private sector were allotted to students through online counselling.

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