Like-minded activists start non-political campaign demanding government medical college in Mangaluru

Abhijith N Kolpe

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Oct 22: Dakshina Kannada district is known for being an education and medical hub with eight medical colleges and renowned educational institutions. People from other states avail treatment and educational facilities available in Dakshina Kannada.

Demanding a government medical college, strengthening government hospitals and upgradation of Wenlock hospital into multi-speciality hospital, a non-political movement was started recently in the district under Sarakari Aspathre Ulisi Samithi (Save government hospital committee). The committee has members from several organisations. It is a non-political movement. Unlike in other cases where the protesters work under their party symbol, flag, banner etc, in this case, it will be purely a common man's protest.

The committee has planned to hold protests at all the eight assembly constituencies in the district outside the offices of the MLAs of the respective constituency. So far, protests at Mangaluru South and Bantwal have concluded and memorandums have been submitted to the legislators during these protests. On October 28 and November 2, protests have been planned in Mangaluru and Mulky-Moodbidri constituencies.

Along with setting up of government medical college, strengthening government hospitals and upgradation of Wenlock hospital into multi-speciality hospital, the committee demands constructing taluk and community hospitals and filling up of the vacancies in the hospitals.

Speaking to, one of the committee leaders, Muneer Katipalla, said, “Due to the corona pandemic, the poor have been affected severely as Wenlock hospital was closed and private hospitals were charging heavy fees. We could see several people suffer, being unable to pay hospital charges. Many patients were badly affected due to exorbitant hospital charges.

“Hence, a decision was taken to carry out a movement in a round table meeting where several organisations took part with a theme 'Sarakari Aspathre Balapadisi, Khasagi Aaspathre Niyanthrisi (Save government hospital, control private hospital). A committee Sarakari Haspathre Ulisi Samithi (Save government hospital committee) was formed.

“Mangaluru is known as the regional centre, but we do not have a government medical college despite our district being called as an education hub. A government medical college will help the poor to become a doctor. Further, it will be government fees and some may get free seats.

“Hospitals like Kidwai and Jaidev in Bengaluru have branches at other places in Karnataka. Similar, if the branches are extended to Dakshina Kannada district, it will be helpful.

“As per Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act, based upon the population, we must be having 130 primary health centres, 35 community hospitals, and 8 taluk hospitals. But we have only 80 PHC's, 7 community hospitals and 4 taluk hospitals. We find that there is a staff crunch in these hospitals. Out of 1,800 posts, 900 have been left vacant in these hospitals.

“People were severely affected during this pandemic as health facilities did not reach the poor. After holding protests in eight constituencies, we will work towards the needful. Wherever there is need for community and taluk hospitals, we will keep our demands and carry out this movement effectively.

“We do not support the health insurance schemes, as at the end the money goes into the treasury of private hospitals. Instead, strengthen government hospitals and convert Wenlock into multi-speciality hospital. There is complete failure of people's representatives and the government as they do not have concern. They should realise their responsibilities. The policies pertaining to health and education do not reach the poor in the district where 75% of the people are affected. In Dakshina Kannada district, the poor cannot afford to avail treatment in private hospitals and educational institutions because of its fee structure, he said.






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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 23 2020

    Wenlock should be upgraded to AIIMS , we are fed up with the unaffordable treatment by private hospitals!!!!!

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    likely, Mangaluru will have more doctors than patients.

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  • Harsha, Mangaluru.

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Govt med College is not the solution at this time. There are sufficient colleges but no Quality. Caste based system for admission is partly hurting the quality of med graduates.We need to upgrade govt hospitals. .They are infiltrated with non competent doctors,nurses and political corruption. 1500 pvt med. clinics have been closed in Karnataka this year alone ,partly due to restrictions imposed by govt.
    There is shortage of Good Clinics and hospitals all over India. God bless India.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Harsha : Please understand that the fees in Private colleges are Rs 5- 10lac per year and the economically poor and qualified students are not able to afford this, Whereas in Govt colleges it is around Rs 50000/ year. So any students who have a good score and reservation category can easily get a seat. Even they get a scholarship that is not available in Private colleges.

    When newly formed districts get a medical college why not South Kanara which has many places without medical college. I am not talking about Mangalore, but see other places like Belthangady, Putty, Bantwal, Mulky, Moodbidri. Why South Kanara should be deprived of the government facility.I say even Kateel is Ok if it satisfies our MP. The place will be developed. We will be out of private medical college lobby

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Oct 23 2020

    Francis Lobo,you have right.Not only costs per year are higher,but lacs of Rupees are needed first to get entry.who gives higher comes first.So the best student is deprived from a seat.By Govt.too is same .Same time services and medicine too standard must be improved.Even though Govt.pays fro medicine,it doesnt reac poor patient.Back doors goes to Pharmacy and one who orders get the money .Simply corruption must be banned even in Govt hospital.This non profitable committee has right .Private hospitals are ther many.One who wants and affords to go there can go there.Rest too should be able to get medical treatment.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Bynduru is better location for new Government Medical College and hospital... D K district is saturated with Hospitals and Medical colleges, in fact all kinds of colleges and medical facilities... Instead, with so much care and love for cattle in this district, veterinary college can be set-up in a suitable location in D K.

    why one more medical college for D K when there are already so many "philathropist" medical colleges...

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    ಈ ಡಿಮಾಂಡು ನಮ್ಮ ನಲಿನಿ ಅಣ್ಣ ನವರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಛಾಲೆಂಜು....

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Please make way the king of kings SHIVAKUMAR all set to become the chief minister .The red carpet is already down the street and flowers sprinkling all around and the people dancing to the tune of music.we are all waiting for your arrival to be crowned the king.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Is there MP and MLA's Post in DK...........? people elected them.............? If yes where are these...?

    only toilet katti ...? lekka koddi..? mathu kushi paddi, yarindalu yarigu maralagada BJP y sothu.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Let us support this movement . come out caste creed religion or any other lean in the interest of South Canara long the politicians exploit karavali people

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    If Gorakhpur & Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh can have AIIMS, why not Mangalore ...

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    All the people in the South Kanara district should support this move. If we can have a regional center for RGUHS at Maryhill why not a government Medical college. It can be anywhere in the district, Moodbidri, karkala, Bantwal, Belthangady,Puttur or even in our MP's native Kateel. A 300 seat govt medical college is the need of the hour for the aspiring students. If other districts can get it without effort why not South Kanara .It is future of our children and the political parties are playing with it

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