BY TC News Desk
Agartala, August 1: Chief Minister Prof. Dr. Manik Saha on Tuesday said that the state government is fully committed to the development of medical services and the enhancement of overall healthcare infrastructure in the state, and in line with this commitment, the government has significantly increased the budget allocation for the health sector.
“In the budget, Rs 1756 crores have been allocated to the health sector this time. Financial resources have been earmarked in the budget to construct approximately 100 new health sub-centers. Currently, there are two medical colleges in the state, and an MoU has been signed to establish another private medical college at Ambassa in the Dhalai district. Overall, the government aims to develop Tripura as a health hub,” said Dr. Saha.
Chief Minister Professor Dr. Manik Saha made these remarks while inaugurating the Agartala Government Nursing College at IGM Hospital Complex in Agartala on Tuesday.
“We recognize that health is wealth. With this objective in mind, the state government is diligently working towards improving the health infrastructure. Currently, there are two medical colleges and hospitals in the state. The process of establishing another private medical college is underway. Admissions for students and classes will commence in the dental college this year. Furthermore, the Nursing College was inaugurated on the IGM premises. These developments are transforming Tripura into a hub for healthcare,” said Dr. Saha.
The Chief Minister also highlighted that previously, students had to go outside the state for medical studies, but now they have the opportunity to pursue their education within the state.
“Acquiring a seat in BSc Nursing was a significant challenge. Going forward, there may be opportunities for students to pursue MSc Nursing from this nursing college. It will benefit the students as well as their parents. The state government and the health department are actively working in that direction,” Dr. Saha stated.
The dental college will have a capacity of 50 students, and similarly, the Nursing College will offer 50 seats. Additionally, in FY 2023-24, the ANM Training Institute in the Gomati district will be transformed into GNM with a capacity of 40 seats.
The Chief Minister said that the Post Graduate seats have been increased from 25 to 79 seats in AGMC.
“In this year’s budget, sufficient financial allocation has been kept for infrastructure development because without infrastructure development it is not possible to attract investors. This year’s budget has announced the construction of about 100 new health sub-centers. Rs 55 crores have been allocated for setting up infectious disease treatment centers. Along with this, an initiative has been taken to set up 50-bed de-addiction centers in 8 districts of the state”, he said.