The Haryana state government has come up with a plan and set a target to produce at least 2500 doctors every year. Divulging information about this Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said.

He said that a target has been set to prepare 2500 doctors every year and for this the MBBS seats have been increased to 1685 from 700 in 2014. Besides, the process of opening one medical college in every district is underway to meet the demand of doctors in the state.

He was addressing the ‘Doctors Day Award function’ organized under the aegis of Haryana Medical Council at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula today. It is worth mentioning that at present the number of doctors in both private and government sectors in Haryana is about 13,000-14,000, whereas according to the UN norms, there should be one doctor per 1000 population. If we consider the population of Haryana as 2.70 crore in 2021, then 27,000 doctors are required. To meet this demand, a target has been set to produce 2500 doctors every year.

Although, required support and cooperation is also being received from the Central Government in the medical sector. The National Cancer Institute has been established at Badsa in Jhajjar district. Apart from this, the process of setting up an AIIMS each in Rewari and Panchkula is going on.

Along with MBBS seats, about 600 seats for PG courses have also been increased in the state. In allocation of budget also, priority is being given to the education and health departments in comparison to other departments. There is an increase of 5-7 percent in the annual budget of other departments, while there is an increase of 12-15 percent in the budget of education and health departments.

While regarding the preparations to deal with another wave of coronavirus infections, Anil Vij, the health minister said that Haryana has also performed better in the matter of vaccination. Out of the 2.83 crore vaccine, 90 percent that is 1.84 crore people have got the first dose and 49 percent people have got the second dose. He said, “COVID-19 came in front of us like a challenge and to face this challenge, we were constantly guided by the Chief Minister and we also fought with success in both waves.”