Odisha to give aid to four govt. hospitals, increase bed capacity

Announcing that the newly launched ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative has proved successful, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of measures to support four government hospitals in south Odisha. The scheme was launched on October 2. “On Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, ‘Mo Sarkar’ was launched. We focused on police and health. I have made 120 calls and the response has been overwhelming,” said Mr. Patnaik in a statement.

Team visit

Following the launch, the Chief Minister had sent senior officers across the State with a directive to visit at least 15 districts. “The feedback has been very inspiring and the response by both police and health functionaries has been very encouraging,” he said.

As a follow-up to the first day of ‘Mo Sarkar’ team visit, based on patients’ feedback and discussions with doctors, Mr. Patnaik announced that the Rogi Kalyan Samitis of the four hospitals – Malkangiri district hospital, Koraput medical college, Koraput district hospital and Nabarangpur district hospital – will be given ₹15 lakh from the CM’s Relief Fund for patient welfare. A sum of ₹10 lakh will be provided for promotion of blood donation activities.

As regards the Malkangiri hospital, Mr. Patnaik announced increase of bed capacity to 200, provision of accommodation for doctors and transit home, rest shed for attendants and daily bus service from Motu to Malkangiri.

For the medical college at Koraput, Mr. Patnaik ordered detailed planning for composite hospital with 500 beds and enhancement of beds to 700 within two years. Besides, the college will have staff quarters and transit home, five ambulances and three Mahaprayan vehicles and rest shed for attendants as an interim measure. The bed strength of the Koraput district hospital will be increased to 250 and that of Nabarangpur district hospital to 200.


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