Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Jun 11:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated a 100-bed super specialty eye care hospital at Samarjhola village under Hinjilicut block of Ganjam district.
“I am very happy to see the hospital on ground within a short span of one year. I am sure that this hospital will become a pioneer in eye care treatment in the region. I am thankful to Sankara Eye Hospital and Tata Steel for this noble initiative,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his address said.
Built over 4.5 acres of land, the Tata Steel funded hospital’s built up area is 73520 sqft with four floors and comprises five operation theatres, 12 patient rooms and six wards. It is worth mentioning here that the totally green complex hospital is environment friendly and self-sufficient in energy and use of water. The hospital complex would depend on 150 KW of solar power generated through solar panels being fixed on roofs of buildings of the complex and the water will be catered through rain water harvesting and recycling of used water.
Notably, Tata Steel has extended financial grant of Rs 42.3 crores for the construction of the hospital and allied infrastructure including equipment. Built over 4.5 acres of land in the Samarjhola village, approximately 17 km from Berhampur city, the eye hospital with world-class facilities and highly qualified doctors will offer services comparable to the best corporate hospitals at an affordable cost. The hospital will be operated by Sankara Eye Hospital of Tamil Nadu.
On the occasion, T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, India & SEA reiterated Tata Steel’s commitment towards the community. He also said that Tata Steel is proud to be associated with such an initiative and will continue to strengthen its relationship with Odisha through such initiatives.
The healthcare facility was inaugurated in the presence of Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamigal and T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, India & SEA.
Health & Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Higher Education, Science & Technology Minister Dr. Pradeep Panigrahy, Environment & Forest Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Aska MP Ladu Kishore Swain, Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Arun Misra, VP, Project Gopalpur & MD, Tata Steel SEZ and S Visvanathan, Trustee & Secretary, Sankara Eye Hospital were present on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that Tata Steel is also setting up a 500 bed multi-specialty hospital at Gopalpur apart from running five Mobile Medical Units in the region along with regular mega-health camps providing door-step medical facility to the people in the vicinity.