The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday said that the state government has taken proper measures to provide an extra 1650 MBBS seats in the future to fulfill the ambitions of students from rural regions and economically backward sections to study medicine. Lakhs of students from rural areas and other backward sections may have a dream of becoming doctors. To fulfill such aspirations, the Government has come up with this proposal.
The state CM said, ‘From 1,945 MBBS seats in 2010-2011, the number of medical seats in the State has increased to 3,400 now. In order to enable more students from rural areas and economically backward sections to realize their dream of becoming doctors, the State government, in a short period, got the approval of the Centre to establish new medical colleges in 11 districts – Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, The Nilgiris, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Kallakurichi, Tiruvallur, Tiruppur, Namakkal, and Krishnagiri.’
The CM spoke at the inauguration of Fortis Healthcare’s 250-bed multi-specialty hospital in the city. At the event, he said, ‘Through this, the State government has taken measures to create an additional 1,650 MBBS seats in the coming years.’ To help the students of Government school to fulfill their dream of becoming doctors, the Tamil Nadu state government has passed a Bill. As per the bill, a 7.5 percent horizontal reservation in medical admissions will be provided to those students, said the CM.
The state CM pointed out that medicine is a ‘fine art’ and not ‘business’. He stressed that the infant mortality rate in the state has reduced to 15 from 16 per 1000 live births in the previous year. He further added that the state has already accomplished the 2030 target of Sustainable Development Goals in diminishing the Maternal Mortality Rate. CM Palaniswami listed out the healthcare initiatives attempted by the state government. He said that a total of 254 new primary health centers [PHC] were set up and 166 PHCs were upgraded.
A wide range of medical equipment has been provided to government hospitals in the last 3 years. It includes 56 CT scan machines, 530 dialysis machines, 22 MRI scan machines, and 18 cath labs. He further stated that Linear Accelerators were being installed at 10 Government Hospitals worth Rs. 190 crore to increase cancer care in the government sector. Follow our latest news and educational updates by visiting our website frequently.