Bhubaneswar, Odisha : India is a country where there is only one doctor for every 1,700 citizens which clearly lay emphasis over the fact that medical sector has a huge dearth of doctors. In the doctor-deficient India, Government every now and then announces 17 New Medical Colleges along with up gradation of 70 others. The government of India seems to have gone ignored the doctor-patient ratio and is more interested in setting up new medical institutions.
In this scenario of announcement of medical colleges and upgradation of the already existing ones, the state government of Odisha has planned to introduce Post Graduate (PG) courses at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar. The government has even decided to spend Rs 170 crore to develop the hospital as a PG Institute of Medical Sciences. The development work for converting the hospital to a Post Graduate (PG) Institute would be completed by March 2017.
The decision regarding the same was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat. Other persons who were present in the meeting includes : Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Arti Ahuja and many senior officials.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress in the construction of five colleges at Puri, Balangir, Koraput, Balasore and Baripada. He was of the view that the work is expected to be completed by March 2017. The work is progressing satisfactorily at four places except Puri. Even the Health Department have been issued orders to start the process for appointment of lecturers and para-medical staff for the colleges.
During the initial phase, 26 PG seats will be offered at the institute. As per the announcements made, eight departments – Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Diagnostics, Anaesthesia, Radiology and Paediatrics will be opened in the PG Institute.