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Work on five new medical colleges in Odisha to be over in two years

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 3:

The Odisha government has set a target to complete the construction work of the five proposed medical colleges in the state in two years. The medical colleges, each with 100 seats, are to be in Puri, Baleswar, Koraput, Balangir and Baripada.

doctorThe Works department has already floated tenders for the construction work, which is expected to start from December this year and be completed in two years.

It was revealed in a review meeting chaired by health secretary Arati Ahuja here today.

It is to be noted that the Centre has already given its approval for upgradation of the district headquarters hospitals in these five places to medical colleges. The Odisha government and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed an MoU on June 30 this year to upgrade the hospitals to medical colleges.

All the five proposed medical colleges would have student intake capacity of 100 each and Rs 195 crore would be spent for upgradation of the hospitals to full-fledged medical colleges and hospitals in each case.

The project cost will come from Centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojana scheme. While the Centre will provide 75 per cent, the state will chip in with the rest 25 per cent of the cost.

At today’s meeting, the secretary directed the committee constituted to oversee the progress of the medical colleges to make a field visits and submit a report by the month end regarding the existing infrastructure and requirements to meet the guidelines of Medical Council of India (MCI).