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Union Health Minister Unveils Ambitious ‘One District One Medical College’ Initiative for Comprehensive Healthcare in India

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Sunday that the government has initiated a new education policy inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles. As part of this policy, the government aims to establish one medical college in each district across India, converting them into “Ayushman” districts. The minister made this announcement while speaking at the diamond jubilee celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore.

The event also saw the inauguration of a Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) sub-zonal office and Central Drug Testing Laboratory (CDTL) in Indore. The minister also laid the foundation stone for various facilities at AIIMS, Bhopal and inaugurated several other health facilities in Madhya Pradesh.

In his address, Mandaviya emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring access to high-quality medicines for citizens and promoting ease of doing business for stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry. He also highlighted the importance of the newly inaugurated facilities in AIIMS, Bhopal and the government’s goal of establishing AIIMS in all states of the country.

The minister also stressed the significant role that medical colleges play in monitoring public health in their respective districts. He reminded the audience that the government’s goal of eradicating diseases like TB, kala-azar, and leprosy by 2025 relies heavily on the efforts of these medical colleges.

The occasion also witnessed the inauguration of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College alumni network and the release of a postal stamp and diamond jubilee souvenir of the institute. This initiative aims to strengthen the bond between the institute and its alumni and celebrate the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.

The news of the government’s plan to establish one medical college in each district in India has been met with enthusiasm and support from various sectors. This move will not only increase access to quality healthcare but also create a robust system for monitoring public health in the country. With this step, the government reaffirms its commitment to making India a healthier nation.

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