Shillong’s dream of having its own medical college has finally been fulfilled as Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma laid foundation stone of the first medical college in the state to be constructed on the ambitious project.
The medical college will be set up on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode at Reid Chest Hospital, Mawbah in Shillong.
Dr Sangma said establishing infrastructures and taking up projects on PPP mode is a very challenging task for a government as the concept of PPP model is still new for many.
He, however, added that the state government of Meghalaya has successfully taken up many developmental programmes in the state on PPP mode and that the establishment of a medical college in Shillong and Tura will bridge the shortage of medical professionals while providing better Health facilities to the people of the state.
“Having such medical colleges in our own state will not compel our people to travel to Delhi, Vellore or Chennai for tertiary health care,” he said. “It is not just for medical students but for a comprehensive health care system that we need to put in place for our people,” he informed.
The State Government has inked a concessionaire agreement with Kolkata-based KPC Group for construction of the Shillong Medical College under the PPP mode on a plot of land measuring 23.8 acres.
The proposed medical college is expected to cater to over 2 lakh patients every year.
With regards to construction of the Tura Medical College, the minister informed that the Government has appointed Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL), a government undertaking to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project.
He also informed that the Government had already acquired the land for the Tura project.
The proposed Tura Medical College is set to be constructed on a plot of land measuring 99 acres and will have a capacity to cater to 500 patients, besides accommodating 100 MBBS students.