Citing the shortages of doctors in the rural areas of the state, Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath said that doctors who graduate from state-run government medical colleges with the degree of MBBS will have to work in the villages of UP for at least two years. Doctors who complete post-graduation (MS, MD, etc.) will be liable to work for a year in the rural areas of the state.
The CM made this statement at a program conducted in the state to mark the first anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Yojna. He further added that the students would be required to fill up a bond during the admission process that will legally bind them to work in rural areas.
The CM mentioned that this is the plan that is a part of the government’s efforts to combat the shortage of doctors in the state, specifically in the rural parts. In Uttar Pradesh, out of 18000 sanctioned posts for government doctors about 5000 are still vacant.
It takes about 5 lakh INR for a student to pursue MBBS degree from government medical colleges, while it takes crores to get an MBBS degree from a private medical college. 15 new government medical colleges are to be opened as per the state government’s plan. Out of these 15, admissions will commence in 7 medical colleges in the on-going academic session. In the remaining 8, the academic session will start from the following year. Yogi Adityanath informed about the increment of the number of seats in Medical College, Gorakhpur, Rae Bareli plus Gorakhpur AIIMS.
The UP government had sent a proposal to the Centre for the opening of 15 new government medical colleges in the state. These medical colleges would be built strategically to fulfil the healthcare-related needs of the people in at least two districts. The CM informed that only 12 government medical colleges were opened in between the period of 1947-2012.
Yogi Adityanath who was addressing the people at a program organized in honor of the first anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Diwas said apart from human resources, the health department of the state is making use of technology such as telemedicine to ensure people living in far-flung areas can also receive healthcare services. A satellite center of the KGMU, Lucknow which is operated in the Balrampur district would be converted to a medical college. Further, he said, the state government runs life-support ambulances for the convenient and timely transition of patients from far-flung parts of the state.
Yogi Adityanath told the people that about 1.18 crore families have gained from the PM Jan Arogya Yojana whereas under the CM Jan Arogya Yojana around 8.45 lakh families have gained. Ayushman golden cards were distributed to 1.89 lakh people by the state government. He made it clear that any misuse of the Ayushman Yojana would be checked and empanelled hospitals would receive payment on schedule. The state government as per the CM is dedicated to providing quality education and healthcare services to the people.
He said that many districts witness work that is up to the mark while it is slow in some, where it needs to be expedited. The healthcare department of the state has reached beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana successfully. He mentioned that required medicines are being given to the patients in the hospitals and it is for the first time post-independence that such a huge number of people have received social security. He also added that it is the biggest health plan in the world.
He provided statistics for controlling vector-borne disease and mentioned that cases of Japanese Encephalitis, as well as Acquired Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), have come down in about 38 districts of the state. The survivors of such diseases are being given enhanced medical facilities and care.