Maharashtra Medical Education Minister, Amit Deshmukh, has proposed the establishment of a new disease control and prevention institute, dedicated to the purpose of solving various medical emergencies.
While announcing the same, the Union Minister stated that currently, the department is in need of ₹2,000 crore funding, which is more than what has been assigned to the department, i.e. ₹1,200 crores. He added that a request for an increase in the same has been forwarded to the government.
Speaking on the new Disease Control and Prevention Institute, the Amit Deshmukh stated that the institute will focus on undertaking “research, immunisation, prevention and treatment of different diseases and ailments.”
Further, Amit Deshmukh also proposed to employ architects in a bid to improve the infrastructure and facilities offered at the medical colleges of Maharashtra, while also expanding and refurbishing the colleges. Currently, there are a total of 18 medical colleges and 23 hospitals under the department, established in the state.
In other news, the Medical Education Minister also stated that the Department is in the process of being enlisted under essential services. Through this step, it is expected to fill up 50% of the vacant posts under the department.
Among other proposals that have been forwarded by the Maharashtra Government, it stated that medical colleges need to be set up in districts where such medical institutes do not exist. Adding to the proposal, the Government also announced that the funding for the same will be divided between the Centre and the State Government in a 60 - 40 ratio, with the Centre providing 60% of the funding and the rest funded by the State.