In its recently released manifesto, BJP has promised to expand healthcare access by opening one medical college or PG college in every district of the country by 2024.
“With our initiatives, we have successfully reached the stage of ensuring one Medical College for every three Parliamentary Constituencies. We will take it forward and set up one Medical College or Post Graduate Medical College in every district, through public or private participation, by 2024. To start with, 75 such Medical Institutes will be set up by 2022,” the manifesto reads.
The BJP also states that while it has set up 17,150 Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) in the country till date, the party will fastrack this process to ensure a total 1,50,000 HWCs are built by 2022.
“We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022 to ensure quality primary medical care to the poor at his doorstep,” the manifesto adds.
More Work To Be Done
While the NDA government led by PM Modi increased the number of MBBS seats by 18,000 and that of Postgraduate Medical seats by 12,000 in just five years, the party says, if re-elected, it will double the number of MBBS and specialist doctors in the country by 2024 “as compared to the work done from 1947 till 2014.”
BJP additionally states that it will ensure full immunisation coverage for all the children and pregnant women by 2022.