Rs 150cr aid for college

Agartala Government Medical College

Agartala: The Centre has allotted Rs 150 crore to upgrade Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC), the only public medical education institution in Tripura.

The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) will fund 39 medical colleges of the country in its Phase-III, and the medical college is one among them, minister of state for health and family welfare A.K. Choubey said in Parliament recently.

Tripura health minister Badal Choudhury told The Telegraph on Sunday that the state government had sought Rs 250 crore from the Centre to develop super-specialty healthcare services in 11 medical disciplines.

“They (the Centre) has approved Rs 100 crore less than what is required,” Choudhury said.

He said the project would now have super-specialty treatment services in only eight disciplines.

The funds would be used to develop a super-specialty block at the AGMC and Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital complex, 8km from here.

Of the Rs 150 crore allotted for the unit in Tripura, the Centre will provide Rs 120 crores; the rest would be borne by the state government.

The new block will have 150 beds and 20 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, apart from four operation theatres .

Earlier this month, Tripura inaugurated a trauma care centre here to make subsidised specialty treatment available for critical patients. The unit drew criticism from the BJP and other political parties because of the absence of neurologists and other experts.

Choudhury said the central public works department (CPWD) has started work on the super-specialty block at AGMC and is expected to be ready in two-and -a-half years.

He said the health department was planning to set up a separate full-fledged cardiothoracic block at Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in a couple of months.

Asked if the Centre’s funds were satisfactory, Choudhury said, “The Centre is talking about Act East and developing the Northeast all the time. We don’t get to see it being reflected in work.”

Debraj Deb Telegraph India

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