Staff Correspondent

Raichur: There is need to improve infrastructure at primary health centres (PHCs) in the State, Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences P.S. Prabahakaran has said.

He told presspersons here on Thursday that a majority of doctors were refusing to work in rural areas as most of the PHCs in the State did not have adequate facilities, including staff quarters.

An improvement in facilities in the PHCs would encourage them to serve in rural areas, he said To a question, Dr. Prabahakaran said that doctors preferred to work in urban areas rather in rural areas. Creating necessary facilities at PHCs was a policy matter and the Government had to take a decision in this regard, he said.

On shifting of the university to a new campus at Ramnagar near Bangalore, he said that the university was facing difficulties in functioning from its present location at Bangalore. The State Government had allotted 280 acres of land near Ramnagar to shift the university. A campus would modern facilities would be established at an estimated cost of Rs. 380 crore.

Work on it would be completed within 18 months, he said.