Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief secretary Asit Tripathy on Tuesday wrote to union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan proposing him to establish second AIIMS in Sundargarh.
Keeping in mind the benefit of the entire Western Odisha region, Tripathy wrote:
“We have learnt that a second AIIMS has been established in Bihar and a similar proposal is under consideration in another State. In view of the health care requirements of Odisha. It is proposed that a second AIIMS may be considered for Western Odisha in the district of Sundargarh.
There is readily available infrastructure for College and hospital in Sundargarh. As a CSR initiative, an MOU has been signed between Government of Odisha and NTPC to establish a Medical College and Hospital. The Construction of the project has been completed and the equipment procurement process is going on. The hospital is designed for 500 beds and the college will be adequate enough to have 100 strength in MBBS.
Therefore, this available infrastructure can be utilised for setting up AIIMS within a short period of time. It will cater to a large Tribal population in the area and help in providing quality tertiary care in the backward area of Western Odisha. The location is easily accessible through road, railway and air (Jharsuguda airport).”