Odisha seeks early completion of super speciality hospital

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has requested the Centre seeking its intervention for early implementation of the proposal relating to the establishment of a 500-bedded Super Specialty Hospital on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

In a letter to Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya on Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) of the Ministry had decided to set up a medical college and hospital at Jagannath Prasad on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar for which the state government had earmarked 25 acres of land in 2009.

While the construction of boundary wall over the allotted land has been completed at a cost of Rs 13.97 crore, the foundation stone for ESI Medical College and Hospital had been laid on March 2, 2014.

But in a letter to the state government on January 14 this year, ESI Corporation informed that the project work had been deferred by the Centre as it later decided to set up a Super Specialty Hospital, Patnaik said.

Stating that Odisha is on the way to rapid growth in the industries and the service sectors, he said there are 3,78,270 insured persons under the ESI Scheme in the state and the figure is likely to exceed eight lakh with the proposal to extend coverage of ESI to the entire state.

Considering the above, Patnaik urged the Union minister seeking his early intervention for implementation of the proposal relating to the establishment of 500-bedded Super Specialty Hospital to provide tertiary health care to 32 lakh beneficiaries.