Steel City Missing MC

Even as the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently granted permission for establishment of a Medical College in the NIT campus, it remains elusive for the people of Rourkela if all that has gone by in last four years are of any indication, feel many in the Steel City.

It is worth mentioning here that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing public meetings on 5April 2014 and 1 April 2015 here had made categorical announcements that the Ispat General Hospital (IGH) located here would be converted into a 700 bed Medical College–cum-Super Specialty Hospital.
Even Rs. 200 crore was sanctioned for this ambitious and much hyped project, which never took off.
Subsequently it was announced that ESIC would establish a medical college here. In yet another announcement, it was made known that a team from AIIMS would visit the Steel City to study the feasibility of setting up of one its units here.
With medical college and hospital project remaining elusive thus far even after Prime Minister’s commitment to the people of Rourkela four years before, the present development is perceived as yet another attempt to deceive people in the election year, feel many in the steel city.
Rourkela Lawmaker Dilip Ray who has raised the pitch on this issue several times before apart from writing letters and meeting the Prime Minister to press for this health care facility in this backward region sounds skeptical about it.
“Why the medical college could not come up in the IGH which is endowed with all necessary infrastructures”, questioned Mr.Ray who strongly feels that people in this region are in desperate need of such a higher healthcare facility.
Why Union Government prefers NIT to IGH for setting up of such a big health institution, he questioned.
Notably, The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have recently granted permission for establishment of a Medical College and Hospital under Section-10 A of the Indian Medical Council Act 1958 at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT-R).
NIT-R has been advised by the Union Ministry of Health to submit a detailed proposal along with the time schedule of the project as per Indian Medical Council Act and Regulations.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram said that there would be two medical colleges in the steel city, one at NIT-R and the other at IGH.
 “If NIT-R is keen for setting up of a medical college and hospital in its campus it will always be welcome; however, work for the one at IGH for which Prime Minister’s Office has sanctioned Rs. 200 crore, out of which Rs. 10 crore has already been released, has already begun”, said Mr.Oram.
However, as per information available, IGH, in first phase, is mulling to have super specialty facility with only in three departments - Neurology, Nero-surgery and Burn and Plastic Surgery.    

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