The Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has said that North Eastern States are a priority area for revamping of health infrastructure. Keeping in mind the special needs of the region, the Central Government is actively considering revised guidelines for North East with regard to establishment of medical colleges, the Minister assured the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Shri Donkupar Roy who called on him late evening yesterday.
Dr. Ramadoss said that the relaxation regarding number of beds and patient load are under consideration for establishing medical colleges in North Eastern region. With regard to the State's request for change in selection criteria for North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, the Minister said that the proposal will be considered in the context of norms and requirements of similar autonomous institutions established by the Government of India.
The Minister encouraged the Meghalaya Government to establish nursing colleges to meet the growing requirement. The Central Government will provide due support for such colleges.
Recognizing the mosquito menace, Dr. Ramadoss emphasized an improved infrastructure for malaria control. He assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government is actively working to ensure malaria offices in all the districts of North Eastern States.
The Chief Minister who was accompanied by the State's Health Minister, Dr. A. Pariong appraised the Union Health Minister about the status and requirements of the State Health infrastructure. Dr. Ramadoss reiterated the need for sincerely implementing the initiatives under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). He asked the Chief Minister to personally monitor the progress of the NRHM in the State and suggested that a review of the programme should be conducted at the Chief Minister level every three month.