Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 14:
The Odisha government has prepared a master plan for infrastructure development of the three premiere medical colleges and hospitals in the state in Cuttack, Brahmapur and Burla, said Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak in the State Assembly here on Friday.
Replying to a question from BJD member Ranendra Pratap Swain and other members during Question Hour, Nayak said presently there are 37 beds in the casualty ward and 28 beds in the Trauma ward in the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
Stating that the modernization of the Trauma ward is underway, the minister said the state government has planned to appoint a general duty medical officer for strengthening of the Casualty ward in each of the three medical colleges and hospital in line with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Referring to the infrastructure development of these three medical colleges and hospital, Nayak said the L&T company had been entrusted with the task within a specified time frame.
He also informed that the government has earmarked Rs 62 crore for setting up of 32 casualty wards.
Barring the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and IGH in Rourkela, the proposed wards would come up in all district headquarters hospitals in the state.
Admitting that there have been heavy rush of patients to the casualty wards with the introduction of the 108 ambulance service in the state, Nayak said out of an average of 22,000 calls everyday, only 1700 are being attended.
“Keeping this in view, there is a need to strengthen the casualty wards in each district headquarters hospital”, he pointed out.
Replying to the acute shortage of doctors, the minister said the state government had taken steps to fill up 350 vacant posts of assistant professors last year.
While 157 doctors for the posts have been appointed, 138 of them have joined their duty by May last year, he told the House.
Nayak also said that efforts are on to fill up 642 vacant posts of Class IV employees in the SCB Hospital.