Four new government medical colleges will be
set up in Magura, Naogaon, Nilphamari and Netrakona districts as Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved a proposal in this regard.
“The four medical colleges will be constructed in Magura, Naogaon,
Nilphamari and Netrakona districts, while another planned for Chandpur is
awaiting for approval by the premier,” Health and Family Welfare Minister
Mohammed Nasim told a press briefing at the secretariat here today.
A total of 250 students will be able to get enrolled in each of the
colleges from 2018-19 academic sessions, he said.
“The present government is committed to providing healthcare services to
all. That’s why we have a plan to establish medical colleges in every
district,” he added.
According to the ministry, there are 31 state-run medical colleges in the
country. With the five new medical colleges, the number of government medical
colleges will stand at 36.
The health minister also announced a plan to recruit 7,000 doctors by
November next. “The doctors would be posted to upazila level, where they have
to serve for at least three years,” Nasim added.
He said Prime minister Sheikh Hasina would lay the foundation stone of a
new specialized hospital under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
(BSMMU) on October 13.
“The hospital will be established with the financial assistance of the
Korean government,” he said.
State Minister Zahid Maleque, Secretary (Education) Sirajul Huq Khan,
Secretary (Health service and Planning department) GM Saleh Uddin, Additional
Secretary (Population, FW & Law) Kazi AKM Muhiul Islam and Director General
of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad were present at the press
conference, among others.