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No ban on private medical college: Health Minister Yadav

KATHMANDU: A demand has been made for bringing the medical education under the subordination and supervision of Ministry of Health and Population as it has its direct link with the people’s health.

The Ministry of Health and Population stated that the inclusion of the medical education and medical services in two separate ministries had posed challenges for effective cooperation thus creating barriers for realising expected results, demanding that it should be brought under the Ministry of Health and Population.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Upendra Yadav in his address to a programme about medical education organised by the Medical Education Commission, said the medical education should be kept under medical services to end existing misconducts. Lately, the Education Ministry directed the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) to not implement the MBBS entrance exam schedule, but the Institute refused it. The schedule was stayed only following the instruction of the Health Ministry.

The DPM went on to highlight the need of further collaboration with the private sector for the elevation of medical education. He was of the view of changing the notion towards private medical colleges that they were being operated by mafias and were for looting the people. If such colleges did something wrong, they should be brought to a right track. “Prohibition is not the solution” he stressed.

Also speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Health and Population Dr Surendra Yadav said Nepal’s government and private medical colleges had proved themselves ‘outstanding medial institutions’ in the entire South Asia. He was of the opinion of discouraging the trend of seeking medical degrees abroad.

Karnali Academy of Health and Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rajendra Raj Wagle briefed the gathering that all preparations including the development of physical infrastructure and of curriculum had been completed to start the MBBS and Bachelor in Pharmacy classes in Jumla under the KAHS, hoping for support and cooperation from the government towards that end.

National Planning Commission member Prof Dr Usha Jha advised the government to work in a full speed to determine common curriculum for MBBS entrance exam, exam schedule and fees.

Patan Academy of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Bharat Kumar Yadav said the fees of medical education should be determined on the basis of quality production.

Education Secretary Khagaraj Baral assured that the Vice Chair of Medical Education Commission would be nominated soon, pledging to provide all required resources to it.

Published Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 09:51 AM

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