NMC bans MBBS admission at medical colleges without oxygen unit

MK Rajasekharan

Thrissur: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has revised the criteria of medical admission in medical colleges. As per the revised admission rules, medical colleges without centralized oxygen supply are restricted from providing medical education. The rules of admission were amended observing the second wave of COVID-19 and emergency in the hospitals across the country.

The commission has revised the rules implemented in 2020. The National Medical Commission was established replacing the National Medical Council. When the commission came into force, it has been engaged in clarifying the rules related to medical education and practice.

As per the new rule, every medical college must set up a liquid oxygen tank on the campus. Oxygen supply should be confirmed through pipeline facility from this tank to each bed, rooms and stretcher trolleys for patients in critical condition.

Apart from this, Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) or Vacuum Swing Absorption (VSA) oxygen units must be established in the medical colleges.

As per the circular of NMC, the arrangements have to be made in the medical colleges within the next 6 months. The facilities will be made mandatory for all medical colleges from 2022 onwards.

Dr Aruna V Vanikar, undergraduate medical education board president of NMC has issued this order.

The NMC used to carry out a detailed inspection in all medical colleges to ensure basic facilities before MBBS admission. Medical Colleges which are not following the rules will be restricted from carrying out the admission.

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