Berhampur, July 2 (LocalWire): The government had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for a 50- bed integrated hospital under the National Ayush Mission in 2016-17 with experts from alternative fields of medicine treating patients under one roof.
Even after the release of Rs 2 crore two years ago, for the construction of the boundary wall, nothing concrete has yet materialised.
Choosing the site for the proposed hospital was one of the reasons for the delay in construction of the hospital, said a senior officer.
The director of Ayush department, Ashwini Kumar Mishra, however, said the site of the proposed hospital has been finalised at Karapalli, near Berhampur University.
Around 1.75 acres of land will be available for the hospital there.
‘The process of land acquisition is on and expected to be completed soon.
Once the land is available, the construction will start,’ Mishra said.
Mishra had entrusted the co-ordination of the land for the hospital to Ganjam district ayurvedic medical officer A Balakrishna, officials added.
The district administration had provided three different sites, including
the Karapalli site for the hospital.
Initially, the government had proposed to set up the hospital inside the campus of government-owned Biju Patnaik Government Homeopathic College here but the idea was scrapped due to non-availability of two acres of land.
Establishment of Integrated Ayush Hospital was urgent to provide health services to people seeking alternative medicines including ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, sidhha and homeopathy which are now more in demand due to their affordable cost, said Sagara Ranjan Tripathy, an ayurvedic doctor.
The proposed hospital would cater to people of the southern parts of the state, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkanagiri, Nabarangapur and also some parts of Andhra Pradesh, he said.