State govt sign MoUs for health care facilities

Bhubaneswar: The state government today signed MoUs with HLL Lifecare to improve healthcare infrastructure at three state-run medical colleges and Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Institute at Cuttack.

"The MoUs with HLL Lifecare, a central government undertaking, will help the patients, particularly poor section of the society," Health and Family welfare secretary P K Mohapatra said. HLL Lifecare signed four different MoUs here in presence of senior health department officials. While one MoU was signed between HLL Lifecare and director of the Cuttack based Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Institute, separate MoUs had been signed with the principals and deans of three different medical colleges at Cuttack, Berhampur and Burla.

According to the terms and conditions of the MoU with the cancer institute, HLL Lifecare would install modern equipment for easy diagnosis of diseases. The institute would provide all kinds of infrastructure to the HLL Lifecare while the central PSU would install the costly equipment.

While SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack had the facility of MRI Scan, similar provision would be made at two other medical colleges at Berhampur and Burla, Mohapatra said adding the patients could avail the service at cheap price. MRI Scan machine had been installed at SCB Medical College and Hospital on PPP (public-private-partnership) mode.

This apart, HLL Lifecare would also open medicine stores in campus of all the three medical colleges where the patients would be provided with medicines at dealer price. "If some medicines could not be sold at dealer price, still the patients would get them at a cost lower than the market price," Mohapatra said.