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MBBS seats hike : RDC reviews developments in SCB before MCI’s approval

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Bhubaneswar: Central Range Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) AB Otta on Thursday chaired a review meeting on developmental works at SCB medical college and hospital to look into the latest status of the hospital before the next MCI review meet.

The OPD building has been declared unfit and the department has been decided to be shifted to to eye department block. The RDC instructed the authorities to repair the defunct HIV test machine through users fees by December end.  Similarly, a second regional diagnostic cell will also be developed. A multi specialist hospital worth Rs 100 core will be constructed in place of the present OPD ward as part of renovation works in the SCB.

The hospital authorities have been gearing for expediting the works for upgrading the infrastructure before the final and fifth visit of Medical Council of India (MCI) team in February next year to inspect facilities for approving additional 100 MBBS seats.

Notably, the number of seats in the hospital college in MBBS stream has been increased from 150 to 250 from 2013-14 session. As per rule a team of MCI will conduct five rounds of inspection after increment in number of seats to see whether the hospital is all geared up in terms of infra, services, tech and management to meet the hike.

Earlier the Dean and Principal of the medical college and hospital Prof. Sidhharth Das said the MCI has completed its fourth review during September this year and has pointed out some deficits. While most of the shortcomings have been fulfilled some others are remaining and are liable to be completed before the next review.

Basically deficit in the new academic block as pointed out by MCI have to be fulfilled at first hand. Besides posts of four casualty medical officers have also been fulfilled.

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