UP got 30 medical colleges in 4 years | Lucknow News


LUCKNOW: In a move to make medical education accessible to all sections of society and ensure people get all healthcare facilities within the state, the Yogi Adityanath government invested significantly in medical institutions in the past four years.
To augment the healthcare infrastructure, the government decided to set up a medical college in every district. Officials claimed that till 2017, there were just 12 medical colleges in UP, while 30 new ones were launched in the past four years. They said, session in seven of these colleges has started, increasing the MBBS intake by 700.
In addition, OPD services in AIIMS Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli have commenced. With new colleges came the need to work on quality of medical education for which the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University was formed. The university has already started taking medical colleges and nursing colleges have submitted their proposal for affiliation.
To boost the legacy of India’s traditional medicine, the state government decided to set up an AYUSH university in Gorakhpur. The government has also worked to build six centres of excellence in medical institutions to provide high-quality services to the people.
Calling these projects as need of the hour, experts say a day is not far when the government’s vision of providing the best quality healthcare in UP will be possible. Development of medical infrastructure in Gorakhpur Medical College was one of the important factors that contributed in bringing the encephalitis mortality rate down.
All the medical institutions of the state also lived up to the challenge of Covid-19 pandemic. Turning the adversity into an opportunity, the government developed a state-of-theart lab infrastructure in the state. In the past one year, a network of 234 labs, including those of BSL levels 2, 3 and 4, have been established.
These labs contributed immensely towards making UP the only state to conduct the maximum number of Covid-19 tests. Till March 15, 2021, UP conducted over 3.26 crore Covid tests, of which 50% were done by the labs. Medical institutions also rose to the challenge of managing critical Covid-19 patients with limited workforce. This showed up as a mortality rate of less than1.4% in the state.
Now, the state looks forward to development of medical colleges in16 districts on a PPP mode. The said districts neither have a private nor a government medical college. “The policy for the same is already in place and proposals will be invited soon,” officials said.

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