The new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath announced on 5 April 2017 that the BJP government in the state would be focussed on setting up 6 AIIMS like institutes in the state along with 25 new medical colleges in the next five years.
The Minister gave the statement while addressing a function at King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow. Post the inauguration of 56 ventilators at the University, the Minister stated that while all the state governments share a similar concern of how to make new doctors available, it is more important to inculcate the feeling of sensitivity in them towards their patients.
Citing some incidents in his hometown Gorakhpur, he also noted the gradual rise of commercialism in the sector.
The Chief Minister also pointed out the insufficiency in the availability of doctors and medical institutions in the state. He directed the state officials to ensure the presence of doctors at all district hospitals, primary and community health centres. He also appealed to medicos to come forward and work in rural areas that have poor medical facilities, at least in the early days of their careers.
Further, highlighting the contribution made by KGMU in the field of medicine, the CM stated that his government will provide all possible aid to the university to upgrade it to an AIIMS like institution.