The government has approved four state-run new medical colleges and hospitals to be set up in Naogaon, Netrokona, Magura and Nilphamari districts. Health Minister Mohammed Nasim came up with the announcement at a press briefing at the secretariat in the capital on Sunday (Aug 26), local media reports said.
The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved these medical colleges while a proposal to set up another medical college in Chandpur is waiting for her approval. A total of 250 students will be able to get enrolled from 2018-19 academic session in each of the colleges, he added.
“The present government is committed to providing healthcare services to all. That’s why we’ve a plan to establish medical colleges in every district,” Nasim said.
The health minister also announced a plan to recruit 7,000 doctors by November and the doctors would be posted to upazila level, where they have to serve for at least three years.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay the foundation stone of a 500-bed new specialised hospital under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in October, funded by the Korean government.
State Minister Zahid Maleque, Secretary (Education) Sirajul Huq Khan, Secretary (Health service and Planning department) GM Saleh Uddin, Additional Secretary (Population, FW & Law) Kazi AKM Muhiul Islam and Director General of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad were present in the press briefing, among others.
With the five new state-run medical colleges, the number of government medical colleges will stand at 41 in the country while the Bangladesh Army runs six others medical colleges. The number of private medical colleges is 69 as the current government has been expanding the medical colleges since 2009.
The number of private medical colleges was 33 in 2008 when the ruling Bangladesh Awami League came to power while the number of government medical colleges was 17.
PM Sheikh Hasina has announced a plan to set up one government medical college in each district in the country.