Odishatv Bureau

Balasore/Bolangir: Two teams of Medical Council of India (MCI) on Thursday reviewed infrastructure and other necessary facilities at the two upcoming medical colleges in Balasore and Bolangir.

In Balasore, a three member MCI team took stock of the ongoing works at the under-construction campus building and also assessed infrastructure at the district headquarters hospital.

Wards at the DHH would serve as practical classes for the doctors in the initial phase.

Construction of the college buildings is in last stage and the district administration has instructed the construction agency to ensure completion of laboratories, hostel and all other facilities before handing over to the college authorities.

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Special importance is being given to appointment of doctors. As many as 27 residents have been appointed as junior doctors at the newly constructed hospital.

“We have already recruited Senior, Junior and Assistant Professors and are waiting for works to complete. As soon as we get MCI nod we will initiate academic process,” Charubala Ratha, ADMO, Balasore said.

The 100 seater hospital is likely to start functioning from the next academic session.

Similarly, another team of MCI also inspected facilities at the under-construction medical college building and reviewed preparedness of Bolangir district headquarters hospital which will serve as the medical college for the first three years.

Meanwhile, the health department has assured that the government is providing all necessary facilities to meet MCI standards at both the new colleges.

Odisha had two medical colleges at Cuttack and Burla until 1962 when the MKCG Medical College came up in Berhampur.

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The Centre has approved establishment of five Government medical colleges and hospitals notably at Balasore, Koraput, Balangir, Baripada and Puri in 2014.

While medical colleges at Koraput and Baripada have started functioning from this year the other three are yet to get MCI nod.

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