KARNATAKA

Gulbarga to get ESIC medical college

Spanking new unit:Union Labour Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge inspecting the facilities after inaugurating the ESIC Model Hospital (Rajajinagar)-Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Unit, in Bangalore on Tuesday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Spanking new unit:Union Labour Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge inspecting the facilities after inaugurating the ESIC Model Hospital (Rajajinagar)-Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Unit, in Bangalore on Tuesday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

Karnataka, which recently got the country’s first Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college, is set to get another one . The State’s second ESIC medical college will be set up in Gulbarga, according to Union Labour Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge.

Announcing this after inaugurating the state-of-the-art ESIC Model Hospital (Rajajinagar)-Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Unit, which is a novel partnership between the two public sector health institutes to provide super speciality cardiac healthcare to those covered under the ESI, Mr. Kharge said it would be possible to set up the proposed medical college in Gulbarga next year itself, if the State Health Department cooperates with his ministry.

“The government hospital in Gulbarga should be given to the ESIC for two years to comply with the formalities related to setting up a new medical college. We will return the hospital to the State government after two years and move to the campus of the new medical college. The government can even use the hospital then to set up its own medical college,” Mr. Kharge suggested.

He said he had discussed the issue with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar who had called on him at his residence in Bangalore on Monday morning.

He said Karnataka would also get three new ESI hospitals at Doddaballapur, Bommasandra and Nanjangud. The 100-bed hospital proposed to be built at Doddaballapur for weavers was expected to cost about Rs. 100 crore.

State Labour Minister B.N. Bache Gowda, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research Director C.N. Manjunath, ESIC Model Hospital-Rajajinagar Medical Superintendent S.L. Vig and MLC Ramachandra Gowda were also present.

Five new ones next year

Mr. Kharge went on to say that the Union government had decided to set up 20 new medical colleges through the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation in different parts of the country.

Of them, at least five were expected to be set up next year itself if the Medical Council of India and the State governments cooperated with his ministry by giving the necessary clearances and completing other formalities at the earliest, he said, while addressing a programme at the ESI-Rajajinagar hospital in Bangalore.

The cities and States where new ESIC medical colleges were likely to be set up next year itself were Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh.

The problem was that most of the States were yet to give the required land for construction to begin for the proposed hospitals, he noted.



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