Assam Cabinet approves construction of 4 medical colleges in state

Six more medical colleges and hospitals likely to be functional in the next three to four years in Assam

Four more medical colleges/hospitals have got the administrative approval of the Assam Cabinet on Tuesday.
"The hospitals at Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Morigaon, will be constructed under the NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA) and implemented by Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority. The total cost of the project is Rs 2000 crore," chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed.
Assam currently has eight medical colleges and hospitals which are operational, the latest being the one which was inaugurated in Lakhimpur district in February this year.
Six more medical colleges and hospitals " in Dhubri, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Charaideo and Biswanath districts " are likely to be functional in the next three to four years.
The chief minister had earlier announced that the foundation stones of five medical colleges would be laid this year at Dhemaji, Morigaon, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Baksa districts.
Construction of another two such hospitals in Sivasagar and Karimganj is likely to get underway next year while work on another medical college and hospital in Goalpara is expected to start by 2024.
The chief minister had earlier announced that the foundation stones of five medical colleges would be laid this year at Dhemaji, Morigaon, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Baksa districts
It may be mentioned that medical infrastructure in Assam has been upgraded over the past few years.
Assam Chief Minister along the state health minister during the visit to Lakhimpur Medical College in February, 2022.
Image: Assam Chief Minister along the state health minister during the visit to Lakhimpur Medical College in February, 2022.
Last Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated seven state-of-the-art cancer hospitals in the state under a major project of the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), which is a joint venture of the Assam government and Tata Trusts.
The hospitals have been opened in Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.
ACCF is executing the project to build South Asia's largest affordable cancer care network with 17 cancer care hospitals spread across Assam.
Construction of seven hospitals has been completed out of 10 hospitals under phase one of the project, while three hospitals are at various levels of construction.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Amit Shah will launch a slew of projects during his visit to Assam next week to mark one year of the incumbent BJP-led government in the state, including a 300-bed super-speciality hospital under Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
Health department sources inform that the new wing of GMCH will have a cardiothoracic and neuroscience centre where four departments " cardiology, cardiothoracic, neurology and neurosurgery " have been set up.



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