Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated nine medical colleges, including a local medical college, in Uttar Pradesh's Siddharthnagar. Along with the medical college built in Siddharthnagar, Modi also digitally inaugurated the medical colleges of Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur from there. These medical colleges have been constructed at a total cost of Rs 2,329 crore.
Of these, eight medical colleges have been sanctioned under the centrally sponsored scheme, while the medical college in Jaunpur has been built by the state government from its own resources.
Modi saw the photo exhibition and the model of Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College in the inauguration program. He also visited the photo exhibition, life scene of Buddha and excavated site Kapilvastu - a glimpse. During this, Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present with him. This is the first visit of a Prime Minister of the country to Siddharthnagar.
After the inauguration of medical colleges in Siddharthnagar, Prime Minister Modi will launch the 'Pradhan Mantri Atma Nirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana' in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and will also inaugurate various development projects worth over Rs 5,200 crore for Varanasi.
A spokesman of the state government said that a provision of Rs 64,180 crore has been made in the budget for the Prime Minister's Self-Reliant Healthy India scheme, which will run for five years. It was announced in the Union Budget for 2021-2022. Modi will dedicate this scheme to the nation during a public meeting at Mehdiganj in Varanasi on Monday.
The spokesman said that the Central Government has prepared a four-pronged strategy for Swasth Bharat Yojana. In which the prevention of disease and promotion of health welfare including measures like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Yoga, timely care and treatment of pregnant women and children. It also includes providing affordable and effective treatment to the underprivileged sections of the society and enhancing the health infrastructure and quality of healthcare professionals.
The objective of the scheme is to develop the capacity of primary, secondary and tertiary care health systems in remote parts of the country. To develop a modern systematic system for research, testing and treatment in the country itself.
According to the spokesperson, the plan includes targets to provide support for the development of 17,788 rural and 11,024 urban health and wellness centers and to establish integrated public health laboratories in all districts and 3,382 block public health units in 11 states. Apart from this, it also aims to support setting up of 'critical care hospital blocks' in 602 districts and 12 central institutions, strengthen the National Center for Disease Control and its five regional branches and 20 metropolitan health surveillance units.