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Odisha Health minister praises facilities at SUM Hospital


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 2:

Odisha’s minister for Health and Family Welfare and Information and Public Relations Atanu  Sabyasachi Nayak today visited the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital, run by the SOA University.


The minister went round various departments, including the the Casualty, Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Hematology, in the hospital and inspected the facilities available. Senior professors explained to the minister the uses of the modern equipment and facilities available in the hospital.

Addressing the professors, doctors, interns, faculty members, technical personnel and others, Nayak expressed his happiness over the facilities available in the hospital.

“I have come to learn and see what the private medical colleges are doing. You have very good facilities and experienced doctors who have come from famous institutions,” the minister said after being felicitated.

Dr Venkat Rao, Associate Professor, Community Medicine, who conducted the meeting, informed that the hospital was the first in Odisha to set up a bone marrow transplantation unit with successful transplantations to its credit.

The Gastroenterology department had the highest number of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) as compared to any other super specialty care setting in the state while modular operation theatres was one of the unique features of the hospital, he said.

He also said that the hospital was the first in eastern India to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) for patient safety and quality of care.

“People, who did not have the right idea about the facilities and expertise available in Odisha, often preferred to go out of the state to other cities for treatment of minor ailments earlier,” he said, adding “thank you for running a modern hospital as it should be run and providing health care to the society.”

Presiding over the meeting, vice chancellor of SOA University, Prof RP Mohanty said IMS and Sum Hospital had been undertaking research work and was doing an excellent job in providing health care through extension initiatives.

Medical Director of the institute, Prof DK Ray and Medical Superintendent, Dr PK Mohanty also spoke at the meeting.