Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ Chief Minister of Orissa jointly dedicated the Shri Jagannath Medical College & Hospital (SJMCH) in Puri, Orissa to the nation today. Shri Manohar Agnani, AS, Health Ministry, Smt. Hekali Zhimomi, JS, Health Ministry and other senior officials of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.
Expressing his elation at the event, Dr Mandaviya said that the hospital will play a pivotal role in training doctors and providing good medical facilities to the people of Orissa. He interacted with the students who will be part of the inaugural batch of the hospital and motivated them to work hard and serve in the remotest corners of the country so that healthcare can reach to the last mile.
The Union Health Minister highlighted that the vision of New India as envisaged by the Hon’ble Prime Minister is to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all people. He further requested the Chief Minister to integrate Ayushman Bharat Yojana with the existing state health facilities to further improve the access to healthcare in India.
Shri Naveen Patnaik congratulated the students and informed them that 15% of seats in the hospital are reserved for students from government schools. He noted that “a long dream of establishing a medical college in Puri has been fulfilled today”.
The SJMCH is part of 5 medical colleges built under Phase I of the scheme for ‘Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals’. All the hospitals under the scheme have been built at an approved cost of 945 Cr with 60% of the contribution (567 Cr) coming from the Union Government. With the inauguration of the SJMCH, all 5 Medical Colleges have become functional now.
Overall, there has been a 55% increase in Medical Colleges in Orissa from 387 in 2013-14 to 596 in 2020-21. Under Phase II and III of the scheme for ‘Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals’, two more hospitals in Jajpur and Kalahandi in Orissa has been approved and Central share of Rs 150 Crore and Rs 100 Crore respectively has been released to the State Government.
The Union Government and the Orissa Government is also working towards increasing MBBS and PG seats in State Government and Central Government medical colleges in Orissa. Under the scheme for ‘Upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats in the country’, an amount of Rs. 144 Cr has been released by the Union Government to the State Government for increasing 200 MBBS seats in VSS Medical College, Burla and MKCG Medical College in Behrampur. Similarly, under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for ‘Strengthening and up-gradation of Govt. Medical Colleges for Increase of PG Seats’, a total of 107 Seats are proposed to be created in VSS Medical College, Burla, MKCG Medical College, Behrampur and SCB Medical College in Cuttack.