Centre's Nod for 9 medical colleges in state is historic achievement: Tamil Nadu Governor
Chennai: With the state receiving the Union government's approval for setting up nine medical colleges, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit termed this as a 'historic achievement'.
After inaugurating a new block at RKB Multi-Speciality Hospital at neighbouring Tiruvallur, Purohit said that the union Government had already sanctioned setting up of six government medical colleges in the state.
'The Nilgiris, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Namakkal, Tiruppur will get these colleges. In addition, the union government has sanctioned three more medical colleges in Krishnagiri, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam', he said.
For setting up all these nine medical colleges, the Centre would contribute Rs 1,755 crore and the state, Rs 1,170 crore, he said.
Noting that Tamil Nadu has always been an important centre for medical science, he said it was the first state to enact the Public Health Act in India.
'The state has an impressive record in reducing infant and maternal mortality rate. It ranks first in terms of number of children immunised', Purohit said.
He said it was a matter of immense pride that most cutting edge medical procedures being performed anywhere in the world were now being done at government hospitals in Tamil Nadu.
'Tamil Nadu is the main Hub for Medical tourism in the eastern part of the world', he said.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that till now the Central Government has given its approval for the establishment of 26 new medical colleges attached to existing district or referral hospitals.
The move comes as a part of Phase-III of Scheme that was has been approved by the Cabinet on 28.8.2019 to establish 75 more new medical colleges by 2022-23. The State/UT Governments have been requested to send their proposals under this Scheme along with the Detailed Project Report as per Scheme guidelines for consideration by the Ministry.
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