Governor Reviews Condition of Medical Colleges in Bihar

Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon holding a meeting of medical college principals at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon on Wednesday held a meeting with the superintendents and principals of various medical colleges in Bihar to review healthcare scenario in the state.

The Governor, despite any visible improvement in places like Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where junior doctors’ strike are more of a rule than an exception and patients are denied basic amenities like medicine, clean general ward or restrooms, praised the Nitish government of ushering ‘remarkable development’ in the health and medicine area in Bihar though he did admit more was needed to stop the patients from going out of state to get quality treatment.

“While we have witnessed rapid development in the medical facilities in Bihar in the last few years, a lot more still needs to be done to stop patients from going to places like Delhi and Bangalore to obtain quality healthcare. This will also stop a huge chunk of revenue from leaving the state,” the Governor said.

He further said that facilities like PMCH, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) were providing excellent services to the patients but other colleges in Bihar also needed to be strengthened under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.

“If we want to be in the top 100 of the 450 medical colleges in the nation, we will have to do more to attain this goal,” he said adding once 11 more new medical schools in Bihar that are in the pipeline become functional, the total number of such colleges would go up to 20.

The Governor urged the college principals to ensure complete transparency in the system and hold exams on time so as not to jeopardize the future of any student.

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