Berhampur: People of Phulbani, the district headquarters town of Kandhamal, are overjoyed following the announcement of chief minister Naveen Patnaik to set up a medical college and hospital in the town.
Led by MP (Kandhamal) Achyuta Samanta, several people, irrespective of party affiliations, took out a rally to thank chief minister for announcing this on Wednesday evening. A district coordination committee was formed to mount pressure on the government for setting up a government-run medical college and hospital in the town.
Besides raising the issue on different forums, the committee had also urged top officials, including chief secretary Asit Tripathy and 5T secretary V K Pandian during their recent visit to review the healthcare facilities in the district headquarters hospital here, to set up a medical college and hospital.
During the agitation for a medical college, all three MLAs of the district, belonging to the ruling BJD, had extended their support to the demand. “We thanked chief minister for fulfilling the demand of people of Kandhamal, Boudh and Nayagarh,” said MP (Kandhmal).
Ashok Kumar Parida, convener of the coordination committee, said, “The process should be expedited to start admission of students in the medical college from the next academic session.”
Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) had also demanded a medical college at Phulbani. In this regard, it had submitted a memorandum to health minister Naba Kishore Das during his visit to Phulbani, said OMSA president Niranjan Bhatta. The proposed medical college and hospital will be established on the premises of the district headquarters hospital (DDH) Phulbani. The bed strength of the DDH will be increased from 236 to 500, the chief minister had announced.
“There will be no problem for setting up a composite campus in the DDH as the present hospital has sufficient land for requirement of the medical college. According to the norm, at least 25 acres are required for setting up the medical college. We have more than the 25 acres on the campus,” said district medical officer-cum-superintendent of the hospital Manoranjan Rout.
Infrastructure facilities are also available in the hospital to run the medical college, he added.