Govt Hospitals to be Developed in Odisha with Budget Rs 3,275 cr

Bhubaneswar, Oct 30: In a significant development in healthcare both in rural and urban areas, Odisha government has decided to augment the infrastructure facilities at all the state-run hospitals with an estimated budget of Rs 3,275 crore by 2017.

All the government hospitals including Community Health Centres (CHCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs), District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) and state-run Medical College Hospitals, will have good infrastructure to provide best medical facilities to the people.

Attending an inaugural function of a two-day Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) conference here on Wednesday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said that all the hospitals will have good infrastructure providing all the equipments required at the hospitals. The budget has been estimated at Rs 3,275 crore and it will be completed by 2017.

He also informed that Rs 72 crore has been allotted for equipment purchase at the hospitals. However, he warned the CDMOs of taking strong action if they will not stay at the district headquarters. Currently, the staff quarters at all the hospitals starting from CHCs to PHCs and DHHs are under construction and it will be ready in 6 to 12 months.

The minister made it clear that the CDMOs will have to visit the hospitals near the district headquarters on a regular basis and report to the health department failing which they may face action. The department will issue a strong guideline on this matter soon.