AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to lay the foundation stone for 14 new teaching medical colleges today!!
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be virtually laying the foundation stones of 14 new medical colleges across the state as he completes two years since the YSRCP swept into power in the state on Monday to provide advanced medical care and better healthcare services for the future generations.
The government hopes that the commissioning of the new teaching medical colleges would ensure a continuous supply of workforce for the health machinery in the state. This will also help the state be prepared for any similar pandemics in the future. According to the government, this is a major achievement for the government considering only 10 medical colleges have been commissioned in the last 10 years.
The government said that people in Andhra Pradesh often had to travel to neighbouring Hyderabad or Bengaluru for availing treatment. The 16 new colleges will come up in Pulivendula, Paderu, Machilipatnam, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Palakollu, Eluru, Bapatla, Markapuram, Madanapalli, Penukonda, Nandyal and Adoni respectively.
The new projects are estimated to cost the government exchequer a total of Rs. 7,880 crores. The government is also investing a total of over Rs 1600 crores in revamping the health infrastructure in the state.
After the new colleges are established, the number of medical seats is expected to increase significantly and more underprivileged students will be able to take admission; 70 per cent of the seats will be filled in convenor quota and 30 per cent in payment quota.
The colleges at Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Eluru and Machilipatnam will have 150 seats each, and the remaining 100 each. Works are under progress for Paderu, Piduguralla, Pulivendula medical colleges, and tenders are being evaluated for the proposed institutes at Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Palakollu, Bapatla, Markapuram, Madanapalli, Penukonda, Nandyal and Adoni.
As part of the efforts, the government is also trying to revamp hospitals in the state. The government has also decided to encourage the private sector by offering free land to anybody who is ready to build a super speciality hospital with an investment of Rs 100 crore in the next three years. District officials have been instructed to identify land and start the process keeping in mind a target of 80 speciality/super speciality hospitals to be constructed in the next three years.
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