The Uttar Pradesh government said nine new medical colleges will come up in the state this month and these will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to an official spokesperson of the medical education department, the new colleges in Deoria, Etah, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Hardoi, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Pratapgarh and Siddharthnagar districts will add a new dimension to the state’s existing health system.
All nine colleges will become functional in a week’s time and take the total number of medical colleges in the State up significantly to the count of 48. Out of a total of over 450 faculty members, about 70 per cent has been recruited with full transparency, it said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new medical colleges simultaneously. It is for the first time in the history of UP that such a large number of medical colleges will be inaugurated simultaneously,” the state government said in the statement. In addition to these 48 colleges, four more will be functional by the end of the year. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that there should be a medical college in each district to prevent patients from travelling to other districts for treatment, the statement said.
It should be noted that Uttar Pradesh had only 12 medical colleges till March 2017. Since the Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath led Government came in power, 36 new medical colleges have been added to the State.