According to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, construction of five medical colleges in Tamulpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, and Dhemaji will begin around Durga Puja.
He stated at a government function here that the state government’s goal is to produce 2,000 doctors annually from at least 24 medical colleges in the state by 2030. In the government sector, the state now has nine recognised colleges.
“The tender process to start the construction has been completed,” he said.
Dhubri Medical College (DMC), Assam’s newest medical college, received approval from the Medical Assessment and Rating Board of the National Medical Commission (NMC) to begin the MBBS course in the 2022-23 academic session.
2 more medical colleges in Nagaon and Tinsukia
Sarma stated that his government is working hard to establish the Kokrajhar Medical College or the Nalbari Medical College in 2023. He expects the second medical college in Guwahati, which will be built by combining Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and Kalapahar Covid Hospital, to be ready for use by 2025. Simultaneously, Sarma stated that the state government is planning to open two more medical colleges in Nagaon and Tinsukia. “Ultimately, in 2026, we have the plan to start Charaideo and Biswanath Medical Colleges,” he said.
Sarma said his government has envisioned two more medical colleges, in Goalpara and Karimganj respectively. “Today, we can affirm that the goal of producing 2,000 doctors annually is achievable. We are heading in the right direction,” Sarma said.
Beneficial for patients in rural and urban areas of Assam
Earlier in the day, he flagged off 83 new Basic Life Support Surface Ambulances of the 150 ambulances that are new additions to the 108 Mritunjoy ambulance service. Health minister Keshab Mahanta was also present on the occasion. “These ambulances will be beneficial for patients in rural and urban areas of Assam and aid in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in the state,” Sarma added.
The 108 emergency ambulance service has saved 1,86,000 lives so far, he said. “Currently, 800 ambulances, including 779 Basic Life Support Surface Ambulances, 14 Advanced Life Support Surface Ambulances and seven Boat Ambulances, are providing emergency health transport services to the people (Of Assam),” he tweeted.