SHILLONG, Dec 06: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has admitted that taking up projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is a challenging task for the state government as this concept is relatively new for many.
Dr. Sangma had admitted this while speaking at a function held to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the Shillong Medical College on PPP mode at Reid Chest Hospital, Mawbah, Shillong.
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.
“A medical college is not only an institutional for aspiring students who wish to become medical professionals but also a centre with the entire wherewithal to assist the government and the policy makers in respect of all the challenges associated with Health care sector and also medical colleges are the tertiary referral centers,” Dr. Sangma said while adding, “Having such medical colleges in our own state will not compel our beloved people to travel to Delhi, Vellore or Chennai for tertiary health care.”
“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.
Dr. Sangma also said that a new strategy for giving treatment has to be adopted and doctors and nurses need to equip themselves with knowledge and skill while treating and taking care of patients. He expressed hope and with the coming up the medical colleges in Shillong and Tura the challenge of providing space for competent young men and women who want to become medical professionals will be addressed while providing access to better health care facilities for the people.