Shimla: State Government was considering setting up of a medical university or institute to provide quality medical education and produce best professionals in different disciplines in medical sciences. This was stated by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, while addressing the annual function of Government Dental College, at historic Gaiety Theatre, after he distributed prizes amongst the students for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities. Chief Minister also released the Annual College Magazine ‘Eruptions’ to mark the function.
He also said that the state government was developing Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College and Hospital (RPGMC) on the analogy of All India Institute of Medical Sciences where best of the medical services would be available to the patients and cater to the requirements not only of the state, but adjoining states as well.
He said that the state had launched Mukhya Mantri School Vidyarthi Swasthya Yojna aimed at carrying complete medical check up of the school going children so that any deficiency detected could be treated immediately. He said that a team of doctors had been visiting cluster of educational institutions to carry medical check up of the students and also educate them about the health maintenance. He said that Muskan Yojna had also been launched for the senior citizens of BPL families who were being provided dentures free of cost. He informed that the state government had sanctioned 72 posts of dental surgeons to which recruitment process would be started soon. He assured the students and staff of the college that all out efforts would be made to develop the college into a centre of excellence where quality dental services would be made available to the people. He said that suitable land would be identified for construction of hostels for dental college students.