GUWAHATI, June 19 - �Medical profession is a noble profession. Society gives special status to doctors as they render lifesaving services to those who are in need and that is why, they must also strive to live up to the people�s expectation through dedicated service,� Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. He was speaking as the chief guest at the 2nd Convocation of the Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences at the GMCH auditorium here.
Sonowal said that the government was working hard to develop the public healthcare sector of the State and setting up several new medical colleges to produce doctors as part of the endeavour towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s vision of making a healthy nation.
Urging the new generation of doctors to work in the rural areas of the State so that the people of those areas could avail better healthcare services, the Chief Minister referred to the improvement in infrastructure in interior places. He also urged the doctors and medical specialists of the State to strive for making Assam a medical hub of Southeast Asia taking advantage of the Act East Policy of the Central government.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the total seat capacity in medical colleges of the State has been increased to 726 from earlier 391 which would soon be further increased to 1,000. He also said that the State government had taken steps to start new courses like biomedical engineering and the government�s endeavour to take a Rs 3,000-crore loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would positively impact medical education in the State.