17 new medical colleges to be built, 70 to be upgraded : Indian Health minister

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:30 GMT, May 8, 2015 |

As part of efforts to ensure universal health coverage, the Indian government has approved setting up of 17 new medical colleges apart from taking up upgradation of 70 existing medical institutions, the Lok Sabha was informed today (Friday). Health minister JP Nadda said the government would extend all help to ensure that states have requisite infrastructure and adequate capacity with regard to achieving Univeral Health Coverage (UHC).

With regard to tertiary healthcare, the Minister said nine more AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) have been announced. At present, six AIIMS are operational. He said that 70 medical colleges/institutions have also been taken up for upgradation.

For ensuring UHC, states need to have a robust system and the Centre is ready to provide whatever help is required to them, the Minister said. And, under the National Health Mission (NHM), support is provided to states and union territories for strengthening their healthcare delivery system including for free/ affordable healthcare, free drugs and diagnostics to all those who access public health facilities.