Kendrapara, March 4 (LocalWire): Large numbers of people of Kendrapara district sat on Dharana in front of the Collector’s office on Thursday, questioning the delay in setting up a medical college in the district.
During the last election, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other ruling party leaders had promised to establish a government medical college in the coastal district. However, they have failed at keeping their promises, for which we organized a Dharana on Thursday, said Ajaya Samal the former principal of Tulasi Womens’ college of Kendrapara and the convenor of Kendrapara Medical College Establishment Committee.
More than half the number of sanctioned doctors’ posts have been lying vacant in the district. There has also been large scale corruption in the purchase of medical equipment and consumables when the people are battling with Covid-19, alleged the protestors.
“Due to non-availability of doctors in government hospitals, many villagers in rural areas are dependent on quacks. Helpless residents have learned to live with the situation.
Babies are born before their mothers can reach the hospital and the critically ill or the injured die on the way to hospitals in the remote villages in the state. It is high time on the part of the government to establish a medical college in Kendrapara district to provide better health services to the people,” said Paresh Das, a social worker of the district.
The protestors vowed to continue their stir till the government announces the establishment of a medical college in the district and allots funds for the purpose.
Senior Congress leader and former MLA of Aul, Debendra Sharma, has cautioned the state government against testing the patience of the people of Kendrapara.
Prominent among those who staged the dharna include former Rajnagar MLA Ansuman Mohanty, CPI leader Ramani Ranjan Routray, Muktar Khan, Fakir Khatua, Chinmaya Beura, Babaji Dhal, Gayadhar Dhal, Umesh Chandra Singh, former chairman of Kendrapada municipality Akbar Ali and others.