Congress made money instead of improving medical infrastructure: Amit Shah

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Amit Shah was addressing a rally in Kalol town, Gandhinagar district.

Ahmedabad:

Union Home Secretary Amit Shah today alleged that instead of improving health infrastructure, Congress leaders have ‘made money’ in the name of improving health medical educational institutions when the party was in power before 2014.

Addressing a rally in Kalol town, Gandhinagar district, Shah said the healthcare scenario had improved after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014.

“Under the Ayushman Bharat or PM-JAY scheme, 60 million poor citizens are now enjoying free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh. new beds have been added to hospitals in 600 districts under this program,” he said.

He added that a separate budget of Rs 1,600 crore has been granted to set up integrated laboratories and research centers in the country.

Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, where elections are due to take place in December this year, which started on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Mr Shah laid the foundation stones for two hospitals – a 750-bed hospital which will be run by a trust and another 150-bed hospital which will be run by the state insurance scheme. employees, which will be created in Kalol.

“What is the meaning of such an infrastructure if there are no doctors in hospitals? During the reign of Congress, leaders were busy making money in the name of improving medical facilities medical education. It was Prime Minister Modi who improved this scenario after taking office,” the Gandhinagar MP said.

Mr. Shah said that 387 medical colleges, both private and public, were operating in the country in 2013-2014. Their number has increased to 600 thanks to the efforts of the Prime Minister.

“The number of MBBS seats also increased to 89,875 today from 51,348 seats in 2013-14. The number of post-graduate medical seats also increased from 31,185 to 60,202 today. This means that the number number of colleges and medical headquarters has doubled in the past 8 years.Ten new AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) have become operational, while 22 more are on the way,” Mr. Shah said.

The Minister of Home Affairs is to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for various projects in the areas under his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

He will inaugurate an underground passage in Sector 15 of the city of Gandhinagar and will also attend the inauguration ceremony of a building of the Gujarat Technological University in the village of Lekavada in the district.

In the evening, Mr. Shah will travel to his home town of Mansa in Gandhinagar to participate in “aarti” at Bahuchar Mata temple on the second day of Navratri.

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