Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 23:
The Union Health & Family Welfare department, Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Odisha government have filed their replies in the High Court in the case arising out of a PIL seeking opening of post-graduate programme in the department of Clinical Haematology at the SCB Medical College & Hospital here.
As per the directive issued by a division bench of Chief Justice DH Waghela and Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty during an earlier hearing in the matter, joint secretary in the Union Health department Dharitri Panda, under-secretary Devesh Deval and MCI Law officer Sikhar Ranjan appeared in person at the court on Monday.
The court has fixed the next hearing in the matter for June 29.
According to details of the case, Rohan Kumar Mohanty and Debendra Sutar had filed a PIL in the High Court seeking its directive for starting a PG programme in the department of Clinical Haematology of SCB Medical College & Hospital.
Admitting the PIL, the court had served notices to the opposite parties: Health & Family Welfare department of the Central government, MCI, state Health secretary, Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Odisha and head of Clinical Haematology department of the SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack and had ordered them to file their replies in the form of sworn affidavits. The court had also directed the Union Health department and MCI for personal appearance of officers not below the rank of joint secretary.
During the preliminary hearing in the matter, the state government, through the additional government pleader, had informed the court that it will take all necessary steps for starting PG programmes in the Clinical Haematology department of SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack and will extend all support for it.
Due to shortage of haematologists in the state, patients suffering from diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs are deprived of suitable health care as a consequence of which several lives are lost in the state every year.
The petitioner had said that despite authorities writing to the MCI several times for starting PG programmes in the Clinical Haematology department of the SCB Medical College & Hospital, no steps had been taken in this regard so far. With the opening of such courses, treatment of patients suffering from diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs could be done within the state at a lesser cost, the petitioner said in the petition.