‘The government hospital is equipped with the facilities required’
The demand to establish a government medical college in Bijapur city received a boost with District In-charge Minister M.B. Patil assuring to take up the matter with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Patil said that he would be meeting the Chief Minister shortly and would put across the demand.
“Since our government hospital is equipped with necessary infrastructure, we are eligible to seek a medical college. Soon I will talk the Chief Minister and urge him to grant one college to Bijapur,” he said.
Mr. Patil said that Madan Gopal, the Principal Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department, who has served in Bijapur as Deputy Commissioner, was also keen get a government medical college in the district.
R.M. Sajjan, the district surgeon, had earlier said that the district hospital has been renovated and new facilities being added at the cost of Rs. 29 crore to upgrade the hospital.
Mr. Sajjan said the hospital received funds from both the State and the Union governments under different schemes for upgrading, including construction of a sophisticated maternity centre, trauma centre and blood component separator unit.
He had said the hospital still has around 110 acres of land that could be used for constructing a medical college.
Many people believe that if the government establishes a medical college here, it would cater to the needs of the backward and financially weaker students who wish to study medicine.