Two New Medical Colleges Expected In Odisha
The state of Odisha, under phase-III of the ongoing centrally sponsored scheme for upgrading district or referral hospitals, is expected to get two more government medical colleges.
The new colleges are likely to be established in remote locations of the state, owing to the focus on the development of health facilities in such regions. Out of the 10 aspirational districts of Odisha, two medical colleges have been established in Koraput and Balangir. Additionally, the Odisha government has tendered proposals to set up two more medical colleges at Phulbani in Kandhamal and Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan while attending an event in Odisha stated, “We have decided to open 75 medical colleges in the third phase and most of these will be located in the aspirational districts of the country. Odisha Government has sent proposals for two medical colleges which are under consideration. Six medical colleges have already been sanctioned in earlier two phases”. According to Dr. Vardhan, 49 medical colleges out of the 75 have been sanctioned in the last quarter of the year with district Headquarters Hospitals having 300 beds to improve tertiary health infrastructure.
The purpose of Dr. Vardhan’s visit to Odisha was to inaugurate patient care facilities, including modular OTs, 100-bed ICU complex, Cath Lab and Fluoroscopy at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar. A life-size statue of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also unveiled inside the hospital premises.
Dr. Vardhan, in his speech, urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to implement the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) – Ayushman Bharat in Odisha as soon as possible. He announced that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers will be developed under the scheme by December 31, 2022, while 25,000 such centers have already been set up and 15,000 more will be ready by March 31, 2020.