Balasore: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurates the much-awaited Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital in Balasore here on Monday. Patniak unveiled and garlanded the statue of eminent poet Fakir Mohan Senapati, installed at the entrance of the institution.
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena, Higher Education Minister Ananta Das and Balasore MP Rabindra Kumar Jena were also present in the inaugural ceremony of the government-run hospital.
“With the opening of the Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital, the long cherished dream of the people of Balasore has been fulfilled. With this, the strength of seats in seven medical colleges has gone up to 1050 from 321 in 2000,” said Patnaik.
Patnaik further informed that Odisha government has taken several measures for improvement of healthcare facilities across the State. Recently, the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana was launched with an objective to provide healthcare facilities to nearly 70 lakh families in the State.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the newly-built structure, just three days after inaugurating Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir.
Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said the Central government is taking steps to upgrade the district headquarters hospitals to medical colleges to provide quality health service.
He said five medical colleges were approved in Odisha – Balasore, Baripada, Balangir, Koraput and Puri – and funds of Rs 558.6 crore have been released by the Central Government.
The Minister said it has been decided to establish one medical college each under Bhadrak, Jajpur and Dhenkanal parliamentary constituencies in Odisha.
Choubey requested the state government to identify land for the proposed medical colleges. He also requested the Chief Minister to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha.
The medical college was a long-standing demand of the people of north Odisha. The government-run health facility will serve the people of the state as well as people from the neighbouring state of West Bengal.
As per records, a total of 99 students have taken admission in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) courses for the first academic session of this institution, 2018-19.
On August 28, the State government has named the medical college and hospital after eminent litterateur Fakir Mohan Senapati.
Fakir Mohan Senapati popularly known as ‘Vyas Kabi’ is regarded as the father of Odia novel and short stories. He had immense contribution for development of Odia literature.