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Work on medical college at Cuddalore district begins

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CUDDALORE: Given the population size and the occurrence of endemic diseases, the country is facing a shortage of seven lakh doctors. The problem could be addressed only through starting more number of medical colleges, according to V.K. Subburaj, Principal Secretary to Health Department.

Speaking at the official function organised for laying the foundation for the Rs.100-crore Government Medical College at M.Pudur near here on Sunday, Mr. Subburaj said that as of now there were only 300 medical colleges in the country against the total requirement of 650 medical colleges, a shortage of 350 medical colleges. Therefore, to address the problem both the Centre and State governments had proposed to set up one medical college in each district and in this aspect Tamil Nadu was in the forefront. At present there were 17 government medical colleges and 18 private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu.

In the past four years three government medical colleges were started at Thiruvarur, Villupuram and Dharmapuri.

At Sivaganga, the government medical college buildings were nearing completion and the college would start functioning from this year.

The work on the government medical colleges at Thiruvannamalai and Perambalur had started.

The government had sanctioned five more medical colleges to be set up at places such as Cuddalore, Dindigul and Ramanathapuram.

Mr. Subburaj said that Tamil Nadu was occupying number one place in health care delivery in the country.

When recently applications were invited for filling up 400 doctor vacancies as many as 2,000 candidates applied and this indicated the number of doctors in the State had gone up considerably so as to take proper care of the health of the people.

Mr. Subburaj gave an assurance for speedy completion of the construction works on the Cuddalore medical college.

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