Every district in India will have medical college: PM Narendra Modi

India is moving fast from just six AIIMS to build a strong network of 22 AIIMS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during the dedication of 35 PSA oxygen plants across the country on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the government planned to set up a medical college in every district across India.

“It is the goal of the government to set up at least one medical college in every district of the country,” the prime minister said during the launch of 35 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants set up under PM-CARES across different states and union territories, including one at District Hospital, Bishnupur, on Thursday.

On behalf of the prime minister, chief minister N Biren Singh unveiled the inauguration plaque of the PSA Plant in Bishnupur.

During the virtual inauguration of the PSA oxygen plants, the prime minister noted that around seven years ago, only a few states had the facility of AIIMS. “Today work is being done to take AIIMS to every state. India is moving fast from just six AIIMS to build a strong network of 22 AIIMS,” he said.

The prime minister also said that the government does not wait for the citizens to come to it with their problems and then take any action. He said that this misconception is being removed from the government mindset and system. Now the government goes to the citizens.

Expressing happiness that from the land where life-giving forces like Yoga and Ayurveda gained strength, today, oxygen plants were being dedicated, Modi said the facilities which India prepared in a short period to fight the Corona virus pandemic, shows the capability of the country.

“A network of about 3,000 testing labs was created from just 1 testing lab, before the pandemic… India has transformed from being an importer to an exporter of masks and kits. Facilities of new ventilators were made available even in remote areas of the country,” he said.

The prime minister further said that India has made rapid and large-scale manufacturing of Made in India Corona Vaccine. India has also implemented the world’s largest and fastest vaccination campaign, he said and added that what India has done is a symbol of the country’s determination, service and solidarity.

The prime minister said, in normal days, India used to produce 900 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen a day. As the demand increased, India increased the production of medical oxygen by more than 10 times. He added that this was an unimaginable goal for any country in the world, but India has achieved it.

“It is a matter of pride for every Indian that 93 crore doses of Corona vaccine have been administered. Very soon India would cross the 100 crore mark. India has shown the way to the whole world by building the Cowin platform that shows how vaccination is done on such a large scale,” Modi added.

First Published:Oct. 8, 2021, 11:43 a.m.

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