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Outpatient block inaugurated in RIMS

Health matters: Medical and Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy inaugurating the new outpatient block at RIMS in Srikakulam on Wednesday. R&B Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and Congress MP Killi Kruparani are seen. — Photo: basheer
Health matters: Medical and Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy inaugurating the new outpatient block at RIMS in Srikakulam on Wednesday. R&B Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and Congress MP Killi Kruparani are seen. — Photo: basheer

Minister for Medical and Health D.L. Ravindra Reddy on Wednesday said seats in MBBS and PG medical courses would increase from next year with relaxation of norms by the Medical Council of India. He said medical seats would increase by 500 in colleges in the State. After inaugurating the new outpatient block in Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here, Mr. Reddy hoped there would not be any dearth of teaching staff in medical colleges with the enhancement of retirement age from 65 to 70 years.

“The government has been trying for permanent recognition to RIMS from the Medical Council of India. Meanwhile, we will meet the norms of the MCI by creating infrastructure as per the original master plan submitted to the MCI. RIMS-Srikakulam will also get 100 additional seats from next year,” Mr. Ravindra Reddy said.

He also sought the opinion of doctors and medical college students of RIMS to improve the conditions of the hospital and the college. Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao urged the Minister to release more funds for the construction of the approach road. Srikakulam MP Killi Kruparani urged the Minister to improve medical facilities in the rural areas too.

‘108' to continue

Later, Mr. Reddy reviewed the medical and health conditions of the district. Talking to mediapersons, he said the 108 ambulance service would be run as usual as the government inked a new agreement with the GVK group. Mr. Reddy visited Indira Vignan Bhavan and interacted with local Congress leaders.


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