Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set to lay the foundation stone of 14 new medical colleges in the state on Monday.

Ramping up medical infrastructure in the state, the government has proposed to set up 16 new medical colleges. There are only 11 colleges functional in the state at present.

The construction work has already started in two medical colleges at Paderu and Pulivendula. With the establishment of new colleges, the number of medical seats is going to increase significantly. More seats will be available for poor students by filling up 70 percent in convener quota and 30 percent in payment quota.

The 16 new medical colleges are being established at Paderu, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Palakollu, Amalapuram, Eluru, Machilipatnam, Bapatla, Markapuram, Piduguralla, Madanapalli, Pulivendula, Penukonda, Adoni and Nandyal.

The state government has issued orders for the construction of multi-specialty hospitals in tribal areas at Seethampeta, Parvathipuram, Rampachodavaram, Buttayigudem, and Dornala, where an extent of 885 acres of land was procured for medical colleges and multi-specialty hospitals.

Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Machilipatnam will be having 150 seats each. Work is under progress for Paderu, Piduguralla, Pulivendula medical colleges. Tenders are being evaluated for Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Palakollu, Bapatla, Markapuram, Madanapalli, Penukonda, Nandyal and Adoni.

All these medical colleges and teaching hospitals will be offering emergency, casualty, and diagnostic services with advanced Intensive care units, and 10 state-of-the-art Modular Operation Theatres. The focus of the government is to develop a model welfare state with access to innovative and advanced technology.

Under the Nadu Nedu initiative, the state government prioritizes modernization of the Health Sector. It is aimed to revamp the existing health infrastructure and put in place a robust decentralized tertiary public healthcare infrastructure and facilities to provide accessible and affordable tertiary healthcare to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

Under this initiative, all the existing health facilities will be upgraded as per IPHS Standards for Sub-centers, PHCs, CHCs, AHs, and NMC norms for Teaching Hospitals.

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