Shimla: Foundation stone of a super specialty hospital was laid today at Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Government Medical College Tanda by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad.
Welcoming the Union Health Minister to Himachal Pradesh Dhumal said that he was personally obliged by his benign presence. He said that Azad was well versed with the practical difficulties of the hill states as he himself has served as Chief Minister of hill state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gulam Nabi Azad, complimented the state for raising an impressive and sprawling campus of the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Degree College, Tanda. He said he was aware of the problems and developmental requirements of the hill states. He said on assuming the office he divided the country into three zones. The hill states were separated from other states where adequate land was available for setting up of medical colleges.
Azad said that health parameters in North were not very encouraging, since it lacked adequate education and health network infrastructure. He said 4,700 seats were increased in super speciality health institutions and 10 to 12 thousand MD seats would be increased in coming three years. He said this would make teaching medical fraternity available to various medical colleges to produce more medical professionals in the country. He said the age limit of medical faculty was increased to 65 years so that experienced professionals could contribute
Earlier Dr. Rajiv Bindal, health minister, welcomed the Union Health Minister and Chief Minister to the foundation stone laying ceremony of the super speciality Hospital and. He thanked the Union minister for making budgetary provisions of Rs. 5,000 crore for Matri Shishu Swasthya Yojna. He also thanked him for increasing the PG seats in the state medical colleges to 75. He urged the Union Minister to include Himachal Pradesh in the list of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna at par with J&K. and demanded trauma centre for each national highway.