Remote villages in the northeastern states of India including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura run short of doctors and specialists.
North Eastern Council (NEC) member C K Das pitched for a 75 percent reservation for students from the region in all medical colleges to mitigate the crisis.
"An estimated 50 percent of the seats for post graduate in medicines in colleges in the region are reserved for people from outside the region. We don't have sufficient numbers of specialists like cardiologist, anesthesiologist, neurologist and others," said Das at a regional review meet on health sector held at the NEC secretariat.
"This is becoming the system for the country. So, today, I'll raise the issue that medical colleges in NE should reserve at least 75 percent of their seats for the MBBS students of NE region," he added.
Also he pointed out that at present there is also shortage of teaching faculty in medical colleges. Admitting that lack of medical colleges also compounded the problem in states like Meghalaya, the NEC member, however, assured that the council will try to help set up medical colleges if the state government took decisions in this regards.