Balangir: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Health Minister JP Nadda inaugurated the much-awaited medical college here named as Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital today.
After inaugurating, Nadda urged the Odisha Government to implement Deendayal AMRIT Scheme in all medical colleges in the State to enable patients avail branded medicines at affordable prices.
CM Naveen said opening of the medical college and hospital in Balangir, which was a dream of the local people, will help achieve quality healthcare service in the locality.
He further stated that the State Government is determined to improve health and education system in remote and tribal-affiliated areas in the State.
“In 2000, the total MBBS seats in the State was 321. After inauguration of Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical college and Hospital in Mayurbhanj and Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir, the number of seats has increased to 950. After inauguration of Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital in Baleswar next month, Odisha will have total 1050 MBBS seats,” he informed.
It may be mentioned here that admissions for 100 MBBS seats in the medical college, which was recently named after legendary poet Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi, began from this academic session (2018-19). The institutions has been constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crore, out of which Rs 205 crore was given by the Odisha Government gave while the rest was sanctioned by the Centre.
Among others, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena, MP Kalikesh Singh Deo and Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra were present at the inauguration ceremony.