Published by: Sukanya Nandy
Last updated: Sep 16, 2023 11:07 AM IST
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday inaugurated five new medical colleges in the state. After personally inaugurating the Vizianagaram Medical College, the Chief Minister virtually inaugurated the remaining four at Rajamahendravaram, Eluru, Machilipatnam and Nandyala.
The new medical colleges will help improve tertiary and curative medical care and strengthen public health systems, Reddy said, addressing medical students and faculty.
He advised the students to become good doctors and serve the poor as people have high expectations from them. Stating that the government had spent a whopping Rs 2.35 lakh crore on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) welfare schemes for the underprivileged, the Chief Minister said doctors should also help the poor with the same commitment.
The newly inaugurated colleges, each built at an average cost of Rs 500 crore, have added 750 MBBS seats to the state.
Of the 17 new medical colleges planned for the state at a cost of Rs 8,480 crore, five colleges have started their academic sessions this year.
Five more colleges in Pulivendula, Paderu, Adoni, Markapur and Madanapalle are expected to open in 2024, while the remaining seven colleges are expected to open later.
Meanwhile, Special Chief Secretary for Health and Family Welfare MT Krishna Babu said eligible students can get admission in the new colleges by paying just Rs 10,000.
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