Pradhan Urges Naveen To Implement Ayushman Bharat As Shah Dedicates SUM Ultimate Medicare To People

Bhubaneswar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated SUM Ultimate Medicare (SUMUM), one of the largest advanced health care facilities in eastern India, in presence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar. Spread across ten acres, the nine-storey hospital will offer next-generation treatment to the people of the region and beyond under one roof.

Addressing the gathering, the Home Minister said, “I hope the new advanced health care facility will cater to all the needs of people. Thinking that medical and health care facilities will improve by setting up medical colleges is not right as there is a need to have such private hospitals and research centres to improve health sector.”

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too expressed that the newly-inaugurated institution will provide excellent health care facilities to people of Odisha.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to implement the ambitious health scheme of the Centre, Ayushman Bharat Yojana in the State.

“I urge Sum hospital authorities to open doors for the poor people. A lot of major private hospitals have been established in Odisha and I request CM Naveen Patnaik to implement Ayushman Bharat so that more poor people can avail better healthcare services,” said Pradhan.

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SUMUM will offer comprehensive healthcare services including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care and rehabilitation services for a broad range of medical conditions in over 30 specialties. It is envisioned as a one-stop, next-generation multi-super specialty quaternary care hospital. SUMUM will be served by ‘Centres of Excellence’ involving disciplines of Cardiac Sciences, Neuro Sciences, Critical Care and Pulmonology, Gastro Sciences, Joint Replacement and Orthopedics, Renal Sciences and Onco Sciences.

A greenfield project, the new state-of-the-art healthcare facility aims at providing an ecosystem of healing with high-quality care and safety features besides a wide spectrum of clinical education and research opportunities.
“We look forward to setting new benchmarks in healthcare facilities and reach out to people to include them in our ambit of compassionate care,” said Dr Swetapadma Das, CEO of SUMUM.

Earlier in the day, Shah offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Puri and the Lingaraj Temple here.

The Minister visited the 12th-century shrine in Puri in the morning, accompanied by Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Pratap Sarangi and Prahlad Singh Patel and other senior leaders of the state BJP and paid obeisance to the presiding deities.

“It is always special to be in Puri. Took the blessings of Mahaprabhu Jagannath,” tweeted Shah, who visited the shrine for the first time after becoming the Home Minister.

Shah later returned to Bhubaneswar, where he visited the Lingaraj temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.