Berhampur, September 10 (LocalWire): Citizens forum in Kandhamal have stepped up the demand for a government medical college and hospital at the district headquarter town Phulbani.
The locals also formed the United Citizen’s Forum to mount pressure on the government and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister Naveen Patnaik through the Kandhamal district collector on Tuesday.
The memorandum, which has been signed by several people, stressed that residents of the tribal-dominated district along with those in the three adjoining districts, including Boudh, Sonepur, and Nayagarh have been “debarred” from availing quality health care services since there is no government-owned medical college and hospital in the district.
Led by the convener Ashok Parida, the citizen’s forum also indicated that they would be forced to launch an agitation if the government did not fulfill their demand soon.
Patients from Kandhamal either go to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack or MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, about 250 km and 175-km, respectively from Phulbani.
The demand for a government hospital has gained momentum in the wake of the announcement by the central government to set up 75 new medical colleges across India in the next three years and to add at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.
The new colleges will be set up in under-served areas having no medical colleges.
Also, the colleges will be set up in cities that have a district hospital with a minimum of 200 beds.