Berhampur, Oct 17 (LocalWire): People of Phulbani, the district headquarter town of Kandhamal celebrated after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the setting up of a medical college and hospital in the town.
Last evening, several people, cutting across party lines held a rally led by MP (Kandhamal) Achyut Samanta, to thank the chief minister for fulfilling their demand within three months.
A District coordination committee was formed to put pressure on the government to set up a government-run hospital in the town.
Besides raising the issue in different forums, the committee also urged top officials, including chief secretary Asit Tripathy, 5T secretary VK Pandian during their recent visit to review the health activities in the district hospital here.
During the agitation, all three MLAs of the district belonging to the ruling BJD also extended their support and urged the government for an urgent requirement of a medical college at Phulbani.
‘We thanked the chief minister for fulfilling the demand of the people of Kandhamal, Boudh and Nayagarh,’ said MP (Kandhmal).
Ashok Kumar Parida, convener of the coordination committee also thanked the chief minister for fulfilling their demand.
‘We expected the process would be expedited so that students could take admission from the next session in the new medical college here,’ he said.
Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) has also demanded for the medical college at Phulbani.
They had submitted a memorandum to the health minister Naba Kishore Das and the chief secretary and 5T secretary during their visit to Phulbani, said OMSA president Niranjan Bhatta.
The proposed medical college and hospital will be established in the premises of the district headquarter hospital (DDH) Phulbani, while the bed-strength of the DDH will be increased from 236 to 500, Patnaik announced.
There will be no problem for the composite campus in the DDH, as the present hospital has sufficient land for a medical college.
As per the norm, at least 25 acres of land is required to set up a medical college.
‘We have more than the 25 acres of land in the campus,’ said district medical officer-cum superintendent of the hospital Manoranjan Rout.
Several infrastructure facilities are also available in the hospital to run the college.