‘Healthy J&K’: Five new medical colleges, two AIIMS, 1000 wellness centers and more

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SRINAGAR, AUGUST 25: J&K government has taken several measures to upgrade health infrastructure in a bid to ensure affordable healthcare services to people.

J&K administration is fulfilling the vision of a new and healthy J&K by developing the medical infrastructure on constant basis. Five new medical colleges, two AIIMS, nearly 1000 healthcare and wellness centers, five new nursing colleges as well as start of BSc paramedical courses and with more than 100% increase in medical seats are contributing towards the development and advancement of the healthcare sector here

To overcome the shortage of post-graduate doctors and to prepare specialists at that level, Health Department has also started Diploma of National Board Courses in the new and old medical colleges of the districts, which will increase at least 250 seats. MD Psychiatry seats have also been increased in GMC Srinagar recently. The increase in MD (Psychiatry) seats from 8 to 12 in Government Medical College, Srinagar will boost mental healthcare after National Medical Commission (NMC) approval.

Notably, last year, MBBS seats were increased from 500 to 1100. Around 111 more MBBS/BDS seats and 50 PG seats under EWS have been sanctioned. Besides, 14 dental PG seats were approved. 225 DNB seats in 16 disciplines were also approved. Nearly 600 paramedical seats in nine courses were sanctioned.

This follows the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) report regarding faculty, their experience, publication, and other infrastructure available at GMC. Srinagar. The admission for new seats will start from the academic year 2022-23.

“It is to inform that MARB reviewed the assessor’s report on July 16 regarding faculty, their experience, publication, and other teaching facilities including infrastructure available at GMC Srinagar under Kashmir University, for an increase of seats in MD (psychiatry) for the academic year2022-23,” said Member/President, MARB, National Medical Commission.

NMC asked the GMC to provide all infrastructure facilities in terms of teaching and non-teaching staff, buildings, equipment, and hospital facilities as per NMC norms.__The Kashmir Monitor