Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a major decision, Odisha government on Tuesday announced to appoint 2,000 doctors as part of its ongoing strategy to give a boost to the healthcare system in the State.

The issue was discussed during a review meeting of the existing health infrastructure in the State by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) is likely to issue an official notification regarding the appointment of MBBS and BDS soon, official sources said.

Odisha government officials said that already a mega drive is underway to develop SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack into a world-class health care centre.

Patnaik extensively reviewed the ongoing works for the development of infrastructure at newly set up medical colleges in the State.

On the other hand, classes in the three new medical colleges in Odisha are likely to commence from this year. The medical colleges include, the Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Talcher, Medical College and Hospital at Sundergarh and Sri Jagannath Medical College and Hospital at Puri.

These institutions are slated to provide super speciality health care facilities to patients. The number of seats for students at all the three new medical colleges has been capped at 100 per year.