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Assam’s three medical colleges will get substantial funds so that healthcare benefits can reach all segments of society.

Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said funds for modernisation and expansion of the three medical college and hospitals in Guwahati, Silchar and Dibrugarh would be sufficiently increased.He said while Guwahati and Dibrugarah medical college and hospitals would be granted Rs 200 crore each in phases, Silchar college would be given Rs 165 crore. Of this amount, Silchar medical college will receive Rs 24 crore this fiscal. The hospital will also get a linear accelerator plant, costing Rs 10 crore, for radiation therapy of cancer patients. Another such plant has been proposed for Silchar Cancer Hospital which is managing with an outdated cobalt radiation centre.

Sarma said a Mother and Child Hospital and a nursing college would also be set up on the Silchar college campus by 2012. The college will also be able to accommodate 30 post-graduation students from the current 12.

Besides, four more medical college and hospitals in Jor-hat, Barpeta, Tezpur and Dip-hu are now in various stages of construction. While Diphu will have a 50-bed hospital, the rest will have 100 beds each.The health minister also praised the Silchar Medical College for registering an increase in annual revenue from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 3 crore.

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