Odisha is going to have one more Government medical college taking the total to 10. The health institution will come up in Jajpur district. While six Government Medical College and Hospitals (MCHs) were planned earlier under the Centrally sponsored scheme, the new college at Jajpur will be established in the second phase. As per the scheme, the medical college will be set up after upgrading the existing District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) for which nearly 20 acre of land is required in its close proximity. After the Center’s nod, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Dr Pramod Meherda has written a letter to Jajpur Collector Ranjan Kumar Das and requested him to identify land for the MCH. “The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sought assurance from the State to provide 20 acre of land close to the DHH premises. In case of non-availability, the land within 10 km radius can also be taken into consideration,” the letter stated.
Das has been urged to submit the status of land within three days. Once the report is submitted to the Union Government, a team will visit the proposed area to finalize the location of the MCH. Of the six MCHs planned earlier, two at Koraput and Baripada are already functional since last year and the institutions at Balasore and Balangir have started admissions from this session, while two MCHs at Puri and Keonjhar are under construction. Three more institutions are also being set up under PPP mode at Sundargarh, Angul, and Kalahandi. With three old MCHs established five decades back, the State will have 10 Government MCHs and six private MCHs, once all are made operational. Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said the new medical colleges will address dearth of medical professionals and cater to the health need of the people in the respective areas. “A few years ago, we had only three Government MCHs. Now we have four more while two more will be ready in a couple of years. This shows the commitment of the State Government for healthcare,” he added. – New Indian Express