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Health university to streamline medical education in Odisha soon

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 4:

In view of a large number of institutions coming up in Odisha to provide medical education, the state government on Wednesday decided to set up of a health university in the state with the aim to provide high quality and streamlined medical education  in the state.

SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack
SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik  issued the directive while chairing a high level annual review meeting of the Health department at the state secretariat here.

The Chief Minister also directed establishment of hospitals offering healthcare at affordable prices in all districts of the state. These hospitals will be set up in all the 30 districts under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, it was revealed at the meeting.

Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak informed at the meeting that work on the five proposed new medical colleges in the state will begin very soon.

Moreover, it was revealed at the meeting that apart from the above, Capital Hospital will be upgraded into a post-graduate institute and Rs 143 crore will be invested on this count.

The Chief Minister directed inclusion of all sections in the health insurance scheme while emphasizing on inclusion of neglected sections of the society like peasants, slum dwellers, tribals, workers in the unorganized sectors among others.

The ‘Niramaya Yojana’ has been presently extended up to district level hospitals and will be extended to all level of hospitals in the state by October, it was revealed at the meeting. Further, the state government will start its programme for establishment of diagnostic centres in October this year.

It was informed at the meeting that arrangements are being made for audit of prescriptions issued by doctors.

A toll-free help line service 104 will be started for registering complaints on ‘Niramaya Yojana’.

Presently, 343 ‘102’ ambulances are operating in the state and 57 more will be added to the fleet by the end of July.

Similarly, 429 ‘108’ ambulances are currently in service in the state and steps are being taken to add 92 more to the fleet.

The meeting also delved on issues like setting up of cancer detection centres at district level, blood banks, treatment of swine flu, filling up of vacant doctor posts etc.