MCI likely to trim MBBS seats at MKCG

Berhampur:  Southern Odisha’s government-run medical education and healthcare facility, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati College and Hospital, might end up on the receiving end if the state government does not conform to Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines.

During its last visit in April, the MCI evaluation team observed that MKCG college here lacks clinical infrastructure and other patient amenities which has prompted it to reduce the number of undergraduate seats by 43 from existing 150 seats.

The college established in 1962 had initial approval of 107 seats as per the infrastructural facilities existing at that time. Later in 2007, the seats were upped to 150.

As per MCI letter to the government, the college lacks infrastructure on many counts i.e, the college doesn’t have at least 15 per cent resident doctors, 7 per cent faculties, superintendent has less than 10 years relevant experience, paediatric ward doesn’t have basic facilities, absence of mobile x-ray and MRI equipments and blood bank among others.

“The MCI has, in its letter, said that if the deficiencies are not fulfilled then they will reduce the number of undergraduate seats”, MKCG Principal Prof Sonamali Bag said.

The premier regulatory body had asked the state government to fulfill the deficiencies by June 30 failing which it would cut down the MBBS seats.

However, the health minister has said, the department has already replied to MCI and it hopes to retain the approval for 150 seats. 

“We have already given reply to the governing body of MCI on the shortcomings. We hope they will reconfirm the 43 extended seats,” Health Minister Prafulla Acharya said.