Jam Kamal Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan, tweeted that the provincial government has increased MBBS seats in Bolan Medical College (BMC) to improve health facilities.
The Chief Minister announced that 126 seats previously have now been increased to 350. The extra seats are expected to help with the shortage of doctors in government-run hospitals. Jam Kamal chaired the cabinet meeting that decided to increase the seats.
The Chief Minister mentioned that minorities and people with disabilities have also been increased from 4 to 14. The number of BDS seats also increased from 35 to 50 in Balochistan.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) is about to complete tests and interviews for medical officers. The government had sent over 1,000 vacancies to the BPSC for recruitment. On a war-footing basis, the BPSC ensured conducting tests and doctors’ interviews to overcome the shortage of doctors to battle the COVID19 in the province.
BMC MBBS seats are 189 and Govt Balochistan has decided to increase seats to 300.BDS seats increased from 35 to 50
— Jam Kamal Khan (@jam_kamal) December 20, 2020
Earlier this year, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan said that the province had been facing a shortage of medical equipment and badly needs ventilators, test kits, and personal protective gear to contain the spread of coronavirus in the province.
Talking to journalists at the quarantine center near Dera Allahyar during a visit to the Jaffarabad district, he had said that despite having meager resources, the provincial government was fighting coronavirus.
Balochistan uplifting hospitals
Balochistan earlier this month initiated a process of filling hundreds of vacant posts of doctors and healthcare staff, uplifting several hospitals. The Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan described it as revolutionary to improve healthcare in the province.
In the first stage, the provincial health department will strengthen 11 district headquarters hospitals which had also been declared as teaching hospitals.
The government has also allocated Rs 50 million each for these hospitals. The amount would be used to uplift the infrastructure and equip them with modern facilities.
The procurement committees have already been formed to accomplish the process. The new teaching hospitals are located at Loralai, Kech, Khuzdar, Zhob, Killa Abdullah, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat, Jam Ghulam Qadir Hospital Hub, Noshki, and Panjgur.
GVS News Desk