Three new medical colleges and hospitals are set to come up in Odisha by December this year as the state government has directed officials to complete the construction of the same. The state government has also directed officials to move the Medical Council of India for necessary permission to commence admission from next academic session. According to an official statement, Chief Secretary AK Tripathy, at a high-level meeting on Thursday had reviewed the progress made in three projects, following which the direction was issued.
The state has presently undertaken construction of three new medical colleges at Talcher, Sundergarh and Puri.
The Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Talcher, Medical College and Hospital at Sundargarh and Jagannath Medical College and Hospital Puri would have MBBS intake capacity of 100 seats each.
These institutions would provide tertiary health care facilities.
Target was set to commence the medical college at Puri from the academic session 2021-22.
The institute at Talcher supported by MCL would be run through a trust on 'no profit no loss basis'. The medical college at Sundargarh is being supported by NTPC.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra, Director of Medical Education and Training Dr CBK Mohanty along with senior officers from the department, NTPC and MCL participated in the discussions.
Apart from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha has seven state-run medical colleges at Cuttack, Berhampur, Burla, Koraput, Baripada, Balasore and Bolangir.