Chandigarh, Nov 2- Haryana Health Minister, Rao Narender Singh has urged the Central Government to upgrade Rohtak Regional Cancer Institute as State Cancer Institute.
Rao Narender Singh was speaking at a Conference of State Health Ministers in New Delhi today, which was presided over by Union Health Minister, Mr Gulam Nabi Azad. Besides the Health Ministers and Health Secretaries of States, officers from Union Health Ministry were also present. Today was the second day of the two days Conference, where the work done by State Governments in the field of Medical Education was discussed.
Mr said that Rs 1200 crore were being spent to establishing three new medical colleges in Haryana. In Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, the Women Medical College has started functioning. Medical college in Mewat will become operational from next academic session, where O.P.D. has already become functional. Foundation stone of Kalpana Chawla medical college in Karnal will be laid by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda on 19th of this month.
He said that Central Government is encouraging states to upgrade district hospitals into medical colleges. In Haryana, this will entail expenditure of about Rs 400 crore, which will require help from the Central Government.
Health Minister informed that in Rohtak Pt B.D. Sharma, University of Health Sciences has been established, which is now an apex institution for tertiary level care. It has also been given PMSSY Grant of Rs 125 crore for upgradation to AIIMS like status. State government is also setting up four new GNM schools in the premises of district hospitals. Proposal for four other nursing colleges is under process, for which funds will be needed from the Government of India.