West Bengal has found a loyal supporter in Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss who, today, guaranteed his full cooperation to West Bengal in the field of public health.
Speaking to an all-party delegation from West Bengal led by the State Health Minister Dr. Surjya Kanta Mishra, he said that the Government is committed for setting up an AIIMS like Institute in West Bengal and formalities in this regard are being completed.
Dr. Ramadoss also assured the delegation that by next month sufficient supply of vaccines will be in place to ensure the vaccine calendar in the State.
On the issue of suspension of licenses of CRI Kasauli, Pasteur Institute Coonur and BCG Vaccine Laboratory of Guindy, Chennai, Dr. Ramadoss said that the quality standards in vaccine production are paramount.
On the demand of utilizing Pasteur Institute, Kolkata for manufacture of vaccines, he said that a senior team would explore the possibility of doing so keeping in mind the capacity and quality requirements on a sustained basis.
Responding to question on setting up of new medical colleges in the State, Dr. Ramadoss said that the medical education in the country will be expanded without compromising quality and in accordance with Medical Council of India's recommendations.
He also detailed the achievements of the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) in the State and advised the delegation to promote and take full advantage of the resource mobilization being done under the NRHM.