MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo urges PM for medical college in Balangir
Balangir BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has demanded setting up of a medical college at Balangir in vie of the Union Government’s decision to establish 60 medical colleges in the country during the period from 2012 to 2017.
He, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has urged him to consider the request for medical college keeping in view the backwardness and poor health service facilities in this KBK region. Singh Deo has stated that as the Union Government has decided to allow Odisha four medical colleges out of the 60 during the Twelfth Plan period in partnership with the State Government, Balangir should be included in the list. Balangir is in the KBK region, where health conditions of the people are poor, he has pointed out.
The Balangir District Headquarters Hospital is facing infrastructure inadequacies though a lot of improvements have been made by the State Government. With a large number of patients needing healthcare, setting up of a medical college at Balangir would go a long way in this regard, said Singh Deo.
He has argued that setting up of a medical college would ease the severe shortage of medical professionals such as doctors and helping hands for medical care. Odisha has less number of Government medical colleges compared to the neighbouring States like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, he has pointed out.
In fact a medical college is more than an educational institution for local people in backward pockets. It serves as a hospital for secondary and tertiary health facilities providing better service and facilities for locals in backward region, he has further pointed out. It may be noted that though the State Government tried to set up a private medical college with funds from the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC), private promoters have been backing out from the project.