Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Thursday acknowledged the need for a medical college and hospital in Meghalaya.
Addressing the first convocation of Woodland Institute of Nursing here, the health minister said, adding that there are 11 medical colleges in Assam, “I asked the chief minister of Assam what was his magic mantra and how he did it. He told me that all you have to do is convert your existing system into institutions where doctors can have learning experiences, nurses, who are already in the system, can join hands, and we can have these much-anticipated medical institutions .
Lyngdoh said that the state government would soon utilize the facilities of Ganesh Das Hospital and other hospitals to ensure that they are in line with the medical requirements for starting the medical college.
Expressing concern, he also revealed that after taking over as the health minister, he has received at least 20 requests from nurses in the past two months, seeking transfer of services.
Stating that the state government would soon frame a policy for the services of nurses, he also questioned how Meghalaya could have a strong health system if nurses wanted to serve only in the state capital.
It is noteworthy that a total of 166 students graduated during the first convocation of Woodland Institute of Nursing.