Koraput Medical College Opened


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the State Government is fully committed to formulate policy provisions to attract and retain human resource for healthcare in the tribal districts of Odisha through financial and non-financial incentives to doctors.


While inaugurating the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital here today, Mr.Patnaik said the Government is working earnestly towards promoting health care through strengthening of medical education and territory care by bringing it closer to the community.
He said the medical college which he dedicated to the people of Odisha was another stepping stone towards the government to ensure inclusive, equitable and sustainable development in the State.. He added his government is committed to provide quality healthcare to people of tribal dominated areas of the State.
“It is indeed a historic occasion for all of us. With this medical college and hospital, a long cherished dream has become reality. Now the number of MBBS seats in the State has gone up to 850. We expect to have 200 more seats by next year to cross the mark of 1,000,” said Mr.Patnaik.
He said that the Koraput medical college will play a vital role in providing qualitative health service to the people, mostly of the tribal dominated districts. As per official sources, the admission process in SLNMCH is already completed.
A total number of 100 students have been admitted to the first year MBBS course and the classes for the commencement of its first academic session began from the day of inauguration. The MBBS students include 62 boys and 38 girls. Earlier, the status of Saheed Laxman Nayak was garlanded by the Chief Minister.
The Government-run Koraput medical college has come up after a gap of 54 years in the State. Of the three Government medical colleges in the State, the one founded last is MKCG Medical College at Berhampur in Ganjam district in 1962.

The other two are SCB Medical College at Cuttack set up in 1944 and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Sambalpur district founded in 1959.

Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, scheduled to be inaugurated on Wednesday, would be the fifth such institute run by the State Government. The State has three private medical colleges also.

The new government medical college that aims at catering to the healthcare needs of the people of Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts also start teaching for MBBS classes for the 2017-18 academic year soon after the inauguration. 

Notably, construction of the medical college, which began in 2015, was completed within two years.
The college has so far engaged 22 professors and 28 assistant professors to impart education so far. All infrastructure facilities are also ready in the institution to commence MBBS classes.
The three existing government medical colleges in the state, namely Shrirama Chandra Bhanj (SCB) Medical College in Cuttack, Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati (MKGC) Medical College & Hospital in Berhampur and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla have 250 MBBS seats each while the newly built SLNMCH and Pandit Raghunath Murmu (PRM) Medical College & Hospital in Baripada will have 100 seats each. 
The Medical College and Hospital has been erected on 52 acre of land at an estimated expenditure of Rs. 187 crore. The Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone for the college on August 3, 2015.
Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pratap Jena earlier had informed that the Chief Minister will also inaugurate Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital (PRMMCH) at Baripada (district headquarters town of tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district in north-eastern Odisha) on September 6. Both the government medical college and hospitals will cater to the healthcare needs of the citizens of undivided Koraput and Mayurbhanj districts respectively. 
Earlier in the day, Police had detained several Congress members, including MLAs Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Krushna Chandra Salia, Chandrasekhar Majhi and Kailash Chandra Kulesika, for waving black flags at the chief minister opposing his visit to the district.
ST &SC Development Minister Ramesh Majhi and Koraput MP Jhina Hikaka, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pramod Kumar Meherda graced the occasion.
Dr. Meherda, known as a quiet performer has been working seriously for both the medical colleges, which are being set up Tribal Zones, where earlier he had served as District Collector.
So he took lot of interest in establishing the medical colleges after taking over as Secretary Health & Family Welfare and State will be reaping the benefits.


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