The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad has laid the foundation stone of Doon Medical College at Dehradun.
Azad says "The aim of the government is to upgrade and strengthen health-care systems at all level across the country to achieve the objective of providing accessible, equitable and affordable health care services to the people".
Azad explains that till now more than 96,000 crores have released to the state under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and about 5,40,000 new constructions or renovations of public health facilities have been taken up in the country.
"In view of the growing incidence of Cancer in the country, the Union Cabinet has recently approved Cancer programme worth Rs. 4750 crores which aims to set up 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Centers". He announced the setting up of one State Cancer Institute (SCI) at Goverment Medical College, Haldwani and one Tertiary Cancer Center (TCC) at Himalayan Institute Medical Sciences, Dehradun.
He stated that MBBS and Post Graduate seats have been increased by 18,412 to 10,093 respectively, which marks an increase of 76% and 55% respectively and that 97 new medical colleges have been set up during this period in the country, thus taking the number from 290 to 387.