The Karnataka state government is working to reform the public health system and aims to build a medical college in each district, Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said on Monday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the ‘Arogya Soudha’, the newly constructed administrative building complex of the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Magadi Road in Bengaluru, Sudhakar said that Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is revitalizing the health sector despite the financial crisis due to the pandemic.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last year and a half, the Chief Minister approved four new medical schools, of which three are already operating,” he said, adding that the Atal Bihari Institute of Medical Sciences Vajpayee, Bengaluru will open tomorrow.
He further said that there are 18 government medical colleges in the state and nine districts do not have one.
“The government is planning to build medical schools in these nine districts under a suitable model. There will also be district hospitals and super specialty hospitals attached to these universities, ”said the Minister.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sudhakar added that the state now has 30,000 oxygenated beds, about six times more than when the coronavirus struck, adding that a special allowance was being given to doctors and staff of first line at a cost of 125 million rupees.
“Approximately 1.5 percent of GDP is spent on medical care in our country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that health spending will increase to 2.5%. Arogya Soudha will facilitate better integration within the Health Department by bringing together 53 offices under one roof, including NHM, SAST, ”added the Minister of Health.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who inaugurated the new building, appreciated Sudhakar, saying: “He is making honest efforts to contain the COVID-19 infection and reform health care in the state.”