Bhubaneswar, Aug 21 :
The Odisha government has decided to set up seven Model Health Research Units (MHRUs) in line with Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) to give a boost to medical research as well as facilitate smooth transfer of technology to the grassroots level.
The MHRUs would be set up at a cost of Rs 5.25 crore per unit.
The government will move the Centre for granting final approval after the detailed report is prepared. Health secretary PK Mohapatra has directed concerned officials to prepare the report as soon as possible at a meeting held at the State Secretariat on Tuesday.
SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, VSSMCH at Burla and MKCGMCH at Berhampur, Capital Hospital at Bhubaneswar have been earmarked for the purpose along with district headquarters hospitals of Balangir, Koraput and Sambalpur.
Director of Medical Education and Training, principals of the three medical colleges and Director of Health Services have been asked to chalk out detailed plan and a course-of-action for the MHRUs soon so that it can be submitted to the Union Health Ministry at the earliest..
The MHRUs would be established under the national scheme to be implemented by the Department of Health Research (DHR) under the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. Funds would be provided by the Centre and the programme would cover all the States during the 12th Plan period.
The focus of these facilities would be identification of the health and disease patterns in the region they are based and medical research in those areas.
MHRUs would be required to develop State or area specific research models taking the disease and health profile, morbidity patterns, topography and climate, societal and behavioural aspects into consideration.
They would be linked to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) as the mentor institution for guidance on basic, applied and clinical research activities relevant to local needs.