Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has underlined the need to take healthcare facilities to the rural areas in the State.

He was speaking after inaugurating the silver jubiliee celebrations of the first outgoing batch of the Bharatesh Education Trusts's Bharatesh Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospitals in Belgaum on Sunday.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that private medical college hospitals were playing a significant role in providing healthcare facilities to 60-70 per cent of the population in the State, while government institutions were catering to the needs of only 30 per cent of the population. Private medical college hospitals should join hands with government institutions to take healthcare facilities to the rural parts of the State as private hospitals were catering to a majority of the urban population.

The Chief Minister felicitated donor Sarojini Shrikant Hanaminal, who donated funds to a school run by the Bharatesh Trust.

Agriculture Minister Umesh V. Katti, Cooperation Minister Laxman Savadi, Sanjay Patil, MLA, Suresh C. Angadi, MP, and chairman of BET Gopal Jinagouda were among those present.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Sanjay Patil Milk Dairy Products Private Limited and distributed Gym equipment to 60 gymnasiums opened in as many villages in Belgaum Rural Assembly Constituency represented by Sanjay Patil.

New college building

Earlier in the day, Mr. Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the new building of KLE Society's C.B. Kore Polytechnic in Chikkodi town. KLES chairman Prabhkar B. Kore was present.