Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the new Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research here at Capital Hospital.
Inaugurating the institute, the Chief Minister said it will play a significant role in providing quality education and expert healthcare to people in the capital and the State.
Studies in post graduate courses have started in six disciplines. These are General Surgery, Medicine, Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pulmonary Medicine, and Pediatrics. Total 24 students have got admission from the current academic year.
The Chief Minister interacted with a few students of the institute. Students from Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Sikkim expressed happiness over the facilities at the new institute.
They also appreciated provisions and mechanisms in the state for providing quality healthcare to people. Patnaik advised the students to work for the welfare of the people following 5T principles and wished them the best for their future careers.
Health & Family Welfare Secretary Shalini Pandit briefed the Chief Minister on the facilities at the institute.
Health Minister Naba Kisore Das, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and Director of the PGIMER were present.
In the first phase, approval of National Medical Commission (NMC) has been obtained for opening of six departments, namely O&G (5 seats), general medicine (5 seats), general surgery (5 seats), orthopaedics (2 seats), paediatrics (4 seats), and pulmonary medicine (3 seats), from the academic session 2022-23 with admission of 24 post graduate students.
Upon such approval, the newly created post of director, superintendent and faculties of the PG institute were filled up and 24 numbers of PG students have also taken admission.
A new academic block meant for the PG institute is being built at a cost of Rs.284 crore, and the same is expected to be completed in late 2023.The PGIMER at Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar will give a boost to availability of specialist and super specialist services in the state capital besides providing a platform for health research, officials said.