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Odisha Development News – Vardhan promises adequate funds to Odisha to improve medical infra #Odisha #News #Medical

Bhubaneswar: Voicing concern over Odisha’s health services, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today promised adequate Central funds to make it a “model state” in terms of medical infrastructure.

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“Odisha’s infant and maternal mortality rates are higher than the national average. The number of primary health centres is still below target,” Vardhan said at a press meet at the end of his two-day visit to the state.

Most stark is the shortfall of doctors and key specialists like gynecologists and pediatricians, nurses, health workers, technicians and other vital human resource, the Union Minister noted.

Affirming the Central government’s commitment in making Odisha a model state in terms of health infrastructure, he said the Centre expects the state’s competent medical professionals to hold up an example for the rest of India.

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar and its upcoming satellite campus in Balasore with all their state-of-the-art equipment and specialised departments, would entail an eventual investment of about Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 crore, the Union minister said.

The remaining work of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will be taken up with accelerated pace to make it an ultra-modern medical institute, he said.

He said in order to fulfil the dreams of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had mooted the project, efforts would be made to strengthen the infrastructure of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, and make it fully functional by the former Prime Minister’s birthday in December so that it can be dedicated to the nation then.

Steps are being taken to open new departments like mental health and neurosciences, cancer, cardiology and cardiac surgery, nephrology and occupational medicine at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, Vardhan said, informing that the new campus would be better and more advanced than the original AIIMS at Delhi.

The Union Minister said preliminary work for the satellite campus of AIIMS at Balasore with a 300-bed hospital would begin soon.

“More investment is being considered for Odisha as the state has the potential to be the leading health services destination in eastern India. Private sector is also setting up hospitals,” Vardhan said.

He said the state also has a vibrant voluntary sector in the form of NGOs and grassroots health activists and modernization of existing state government hospitals is continuing simultaneously. PTI


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