Assam government Wednesday said it will set up three medical colleges in three districts of the state entailing an expenditure of Rs 1,186 crore. The foundation stone of all the three medical colleges which will add 1500 beds to the existing facilities in the government sector will be laid in early January, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. "In order to achieve the goal of bringing the healthcare facilities to all corners of the state, the government is going to start three new medical colleges at Nalbari, Kokrajhar and Tinsukia," Sarma told a press conference here.
Each college will have 500 beds for patients, 100 MBBS seats for students, he added. The government has earmarked Rs 398.31 crore for Nalbari Medical College, Rs 382.70 crore for Kokrajhar Medical College and Rs 404.63 crore for Tinsukia Medical College. "On January 6, 7 and 9, the foundation stones of Kokrajhar, Nalbari and Tinsukia will be laid. These will be ready in the next three years," Sarma informed.
Currently, Assam has six medical colleges at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur and Barpeta. Four more are currently under construction at Dhubri, Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Diphu, which will start functioning from 2020-21. Once the three announced medical colleges become operational, the state will have a total of 13 medical colleges.
(With inputs from agencies.)