Coimbatore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on inauguration of ESIC Medical College and Hospital said that the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) would develop its coverage with public-private-partnerships (PPP) while adopting two model hospitals in each state apart from a mother and child care hospital.
Government proposed to propagate new EPFO and ESIC Acts providing more choice, increased coverage among workers and employers, better and expanded range of services for organized sector workers.
ESIC Medical College and Hospital it cost of Rs 580 crore.
“I am happy that ESIC proposes to expand coverage by complementing its own services with Public Private Partnerships,” he said. Modi began speech in Tamil at the event.
“Apart from cancer detection, cardiology treatment, and dialysis, the corporation also proposes to offer in a phased manner pathological and X-ray facilities in all its dispensaries through PPPs. Apart from allopathic treatment, ESIC hospitals will also give AYUSH treatment in a phased manner,” he added.
Modi said among other initiatives, the ESIC has resolved to adopt two model hospitals in each state, apart from a mother and child care hospital.
It is a larger plan to upgrade the facilities for medical education and specialized tertiary care by set up of ESIC hospitals.
“We have also approved a scheme for upgradation of existing state and central government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats,” Modi said.
Through this measure, the government hopes to increase 10,000 medical seats and support colleges with funds for equipments and infrastructure, he said.
Over 1,700 MBBS seats increase in twenty three medical colleges. I am happy to inform that four state government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu – at Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Madurai – have been approved for upgradation by adding 345 more MBBS seats,” Modi added
There would be setting up medical institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) across the country and one such institution has been approved for Tamil Nadu.
Modi said it will be a boon for the ESIC beneficiaries and their family members in and around the textile city.
“Of the 100 MBBS seats proposed here, 20 seats will be reserved for the children of persons insured under the ESI scheme,” he added while speaking on the occasion.