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VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla state-of-affairs irks High Court team

Following report is from the

SAMBALPUR: A three-member delegation from the Orissa High Court led by amicus curiae Prabhat Ranjan Dash expressed dissatisfaction at the facilities available in VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, during its visit on Saturday. Dr P K Pradhan and advocate Tarananda Pattnaik are the other members of the team.

The delegation said besides insufficient number of doctors and para-medical staff in the hospital, there was lack of medical equipment to treat critical and emergency patients. Despite bringing this to the notice of the State Government, no step has been taken so far. Dash said there was just one faculty in Neuro-Surgery Department and even the Cardiology Department is devoid of basic life-saving equipment. “These departments are not conducive for treatment of critical patients,” he said.

Even the Burn Unit does not have any facility and the mandatory Plastic Surgery Department which should be attached is not there, Dash added. Similarly, the five dialysis machines are insufficient and the required number of doctors are not available. As far as the 10-bed ICU is concerned, the four ventilators are not functioning. Informing that funds have been sanctioned for uninterrupted power supply, he said that the corridors of the hospital do not have lights and no fans in the wards.


June 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

VSS Medical College Burla will have a cancer care centre

Following report is from The Sambad:

March 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Stepmotherly treatment to Western Odisha: Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan

Follwoing is from The Pioneer:

Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan on Sunday accused the State Government of “step-motherly attitude” towards western Odisha resulting in intra-State regional disparity. He was participating in a ‘Meet the Press’ programme of the Sambalpur Press Club. Sufficient fund is coming to Sambalpur for developmental works. Whatever fund is allotted for the region, hardly 50 per cent of it is spent, he said.

He further alleged that the post of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) of the Northern Division is deliberately kept vacant to give the local industries an upper hand in revenue matters. This shows “the love of the State Government for the industries,” which are behaving arbitrarily, he remarked.

Pradhan pointed out that the RDC is the chairman of the Periphery Development Committee that looks into problems of the land oustees and all other problems of the division comprising as many as 10 districts. The RDC also directly interferes in the illegal activities of the industries. But going to help the industries, the State Government has kept this important post vacant almost for a year, he said. He also expressed concern over the affairs of the Burla-based VSS Medical College. “The Medical Council of India (MCI) withdrew the enhanced 43 seats in MBBS degree from this college. But due to our intervention, the MCI gave conditional permission. However, the State Government is yet to fulfil the relevant conditions, for which the medical college may face a similar problem at any point of time,” he said.

Pradhan also said State Government has no sincerity to establish a High Court Bench here. When the Union Law minister has already given his consent for a High Court Bench at Sambalpur, the State Government is yet to express similar promptness, he alleged.

He also expressed his utter dissatisfaction over the pollution made by the industries of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts and, particularly, by those established on SH-10 beginning from Rengali to Jharsuguda. “I will bring this matter to the notice of the State Government,” he said.President and secretary of the Press Club Arjun Ranjan Panda and Prafulla Dash, respectively, and other members were present and interacted with the MP.

February 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Orissa govt. to connect the district headquarters hospitals with premier government medical colleges through telemedicine network

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7: All district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three premier government-run medical colleges in the state through telemedicine network.

“The work has already begun and the network will be functional by December,” said chief nodal officer of the Orissa telemedicine network B.N. Mohanty, who is also head of the department of experimental surgery of SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Telemedicine is an emerging field that combines advances in computer and communication technologies with the practice of clinical medicine.

Through this medium, diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be conducted with the patients and doctors sitting at two ends.

District hospitals of Jajpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar will be connected to the SCB Medical College. District hospitals of Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Sundergarh, Baripada and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar have already been connected to SCB.

The SCB Medical College has, in turn, been connected to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Nayagarh, Gajapti, Boudha, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur will be connected to MKCG Medical Collage and Hospital at Berhampur.

 Burla-based VSS Medical College will be connected to hospitals in Rourkela, Balangir, Angul, Jharsuguda, Baragarh and Deogarh. 

Talking to reporters here today, Mohanty said a state-level telemedicine resources centre would come up soon at Cuttack.

With the help of the state government, the SCB Medical College is going to organise the three-day 6th International Conference of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) from November 14. Distance education in health science is the theme of the conference.

Representatives from ISRO, Space Application Centre, ministry of health, department of IT, Union government, AIIMS¸ IIT, Kharagpur, C-DAC-Pune, SGPGIMS, Lucknow and Central Law University, Cuttack would attend the conference. 

“Around 2,567 critical patients had already been cured through telemedicine. Patients, suffering mainly from thyroid cancers, arthritis and rheumatism, are opting for telemedicine consultation. With these facilities, we have been able to be in touch with the SGPIMS, Lucknow,” Mohanty said. 

The state government has also asked all additional district medical officers of all district headquarter hospitals to attend the meeting.

“We have invited students of medical and engineering colleges of the state to attend the meeting. They’ll get an opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally reputed telemedicine experts,” said Mohanty.

November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

Amit Kumar Tripathy of VSS medical college wins best project award in Greece: Report Samaj

September 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

HIV/AIDS spreading fast in western Odisha: The Pioneer

Following report is from The Pioneer:

Ask anybody about western Odisha, and the answer would be of a backward area where concentration of poverty, mass migration and malnutrition is high, even though it has a high concentration of mineral and mining is common. Unfortunately, western Odisha is also lags in healthcare facilities.

Recent reports of HIV/AIDS spreading its tentacles here with as many as 184 persons succumbing to AIDS in 12 backward districts of the State have made the situation grim. There are around 2,400 HIV positive people in this region, even as the United Nations has declared combating HIV/AIDS as one of its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and universal access to health services as one of the basic human rights.

According to a report of Odisha State AIDS Control Society, there are a total of 17,708 people living with HIV in Odisha out of which 11,052 are men and 6,656 are women. Out of 1,407 AIDS patients, 1,109 have succumbed to the dreaded disease, says the report.

In 12 districts of Odisha – Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Nawarangpur, Rayagada, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh and Kandhamal – a total of 184 persons have died and 2,395 people are HIV positive.

In Jharsuguda district, a total of 114 cases have been detected so far while four have died from AIDS. In Sambalpur district, there are 673 HIV positive cases and out of 39 AIDS patients reported, 33 have succumbed to the disease. In Bargarh district, 180 HIV positive cases have been detected and six have died from AIDS. In Nuapada district, 150 persons have are HIV positive and 19 people have died from AIDS. In Kalahandi district, 264 people have been detected as HIV positive and three have succumbed to the decease. In Rayagada district, 431 have been identified as HIV positive and 51 have died from AIDS. In Nawarangpur district, 409 have been identified as HIV positive and 15 have died from AIDS. In Boudh district, 326 persons have been identified as HIV positive. In Kandhamal district, 32 have been identified as HIV positive and 15 have died from AIDS. In Sonepur district, 17 persons have been identified as HIV positive.

Balangir, which is known for its acute poverty and mass migration, has now 465 HIV positive cases and 39 have died so far. However, official figures state that 327 people have been identified as HIV positive.

Counselors have been appointed in all the 14 blocks of the district but there are only five technicians.

It is futile to expect a person of Tureikela or Muribahal to come to Titlagarh for blood test. The appointment of laboratory technicians is done by the Odisha State AIDS Control Society. We have nothing to say, says an official here. We are trying to manage by imparting training to our technicians on HIV testing and posting them in migrant-prone blocks of the districts, said CDMO Dr PC Sahu.

The second ART centre in western Odisha was opened in Balangir after Burla in May this year. But it has not opened in a full-fledged manner as there is no permanent staff and only one medical officer and a pharmacist has been posted.

According to reports, the ART centre at Burla is not functioning effectively. We have to inform officials of the ART centre about the patients. Patients who come here are allegedly harassed by the officials. The drug adherence centre at Burla does not function and patients face a lot of inconvenience. There is a network of HIV positive people in Balangir which is called the Balangir Network of Positive People but they are not able to do anything.

Even as 327 people have been detected HIV positive, this is just the tip of the iceberg given the mass migration. The number of infected people can go up to one per cent of the total population or 1,500 people of the district.

Ignorance among people, lackadaisical attitude among personnel involved in combating HIV/AIDS and absence of laboratory technicians fail to give the real picture. After the ICTC centre started in Titlagarh, the number of HIV positive cases went up rapidly. If the ICTC centres function with full-time laboratory technicians, the number is expected rise.

There is every possibility of the number of HIV positive cases going up to 1,500 in Balangir district alone and other migrant-prone backward districts like Nuapada, Kalahandi and Rayagada are equally vulnerable, points out an NGO activist.

The integrated counseling and testing facility (ICTC) has been provided only in districts belonging to A and B category in HIV prevalence while the C category districts are being overlooked. It must be noted that the prevalence of HIV is high in regions where there is acute poverty and migration, argues an official here.

Ironically, even after six years of elapse of the OSCAS, its website does not provide any data or information about the prevalence of the disease.

According to reports, major modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS are unsafe sex followed by blood transfusion and it affects mostly the youth in the age group of 14 to 35 years.

Migration has been one of the major factors in western Odisha for the spread of HIV among the rural people. The spouses of migrant labourers of western Odisha are vulnerable to the disease but neither they can challenge and defy the patriarchal system nor can get rid of the infection without preventive measures.

The health rights of the rural poor need to be addressed through inclusive approach. The HIV testing facility is still not available in all CHCs. The absence of laboratory technicians in ICTCs makes the entire system non-functional, said Sashikant Mallick of ActionAid.

Changing lifestyle, poverty, mass migration and lack of access of universal treatment of HIV people have worsened the situation, besides the stigma and discrimination attached with the disease.

While the big bosses implementing the projects are getting huge salary and luxury, bottom level workers are fed up with heavy work entrusted by their officers, rued an NGO activist.

Worse, even as the United Nations has put combating HIV/AIDS as one of the millennium development goals (MDG), and India is a signatory to it, it has not even started and even worse, it is spreading and absence of testing facilities and personnel has been causing much inconvenience.

August 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm 2 comments

Odisha Govt. accorded status of ‘Dental College and Hospital’ to the dental wing at SCB Medical College; PG seats in Govt medical colleges to be increased

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Centre has given its nod to the State’s demand to increase the number of seats in the three Government medical colleges. As per the announcement, the number of seats in PG (Post Graduates) and specialist courses has been increased.

While 76 seats will be added to the existing the strength in PG courses, eight seats will be added in the specialist courses. In PG course, 36 seats will be added in SCB Medical College, 36 seats in VSS Medical College, Burla and 20 seats in MKCG Medical College Berhampur.

Similarly, eight seats will be added in the specialist courses in the SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Admission in the increased seats will come into effect from 2010-11 session. In another development, the Government accorded the status of ‘Dental College and Hospital’ to the existing dental wing at SCB.

January 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare grants Rs 50 lakh for VSS College Hospital

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has provided Rs 50 lakh for the up gradation of the Psychiatric Department of the Burla based VSS Medical College Hospital,said Minister of Health and Family Welfare Prasanna Acharya on Friday.

He further said that the State Government is making all efforts for development of the VSS Medical College Hospital and efforts are being made for development of all departments to provide quality healthcare to the people.

January 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

About VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla

Following content is taken from the VSS Medical College web-page:

VSS Medical College Hospital,Burla is the only medical institution which caters to the need of the districts of western Orissa, a part of Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh. It was established in 1959 after which expansion has taken place in different phases. 

The total population of the districts of Sambalpur,Nuapara,Bargarh,Bolangir,Deogarh,Sonepur, Angul, Boudh, Jharsugura, Kalahandi, Sundargarh of Orissa, four districts of Chhatisgarh and two districts of Jharkhand depend on this hospital. 

In the college & hospital the under graduates, house Surgeons,post graduates and paramedical training courses are delivered. Besides, training to the nurses  and pharmacists are also being imparted.

So far 28 departments are operating and further facilities like Burn Care Unit, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & Plastic Surgery  are in the pipeline.

The main building houses the College block along with the nonclinical and paraclinical departments. The OPD block, the IPD of major departments,the Blood bank,etc. are located in the main campus in the hospital block.The Psychiatry ,Paediatrics, Radiotherapy and Pulmonary Medicine are placed at a short distance from the main building.

The  newly built Casualty ,Orthopedic and the Super Specialty Wing are dedicated to the public by Honorable Chief Minister Sri.Nabin Pattanaik near  the Gynaecology ward. Construction of Trauma Unit & Mega Laundry of this hospital is on progress.

December 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Veer Surendra Sai Medical College may become an autonomous college or a Unitary University

  • Following are reports from The Dharitri , The Pioneer and The Statesman . One report says VSS Medical college will become a Unitary University whereas other reports says it will become an autonomous Institution.

Odhisa Government has taken a decision on principle to turn the Burla-based VSS Medical College Hospital into a fully autonomous organisation, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Prasanna Acharya on Monday.

Acharya said the VSS Medical College Hospital is the only prominent healthcare centre in western Odisha. The hospital is lifeline for the people of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balangir, Sonepur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sundargarh districts. Even people from four neighbouring districts of Chhattisgarh are dependant.

The residents of western Odisha who are proud of the premier institution are demanding since long to improve the overall development of it. Notably, a House Committee of the Odisha Assembly, which was formed to study the feasibility of a proposal to make autonomous the three Medical College Hospitals of the State, was asked to submit a report in 1995. The committee had opined to carry- out the proposal.

An ordinance in this regard was passed in the Assembly on December 19, 2008. The Government will bring an ordinance on this in the Assembly, said the Minister.

It might be mentioned here that in the recently held golden jubilee of the VSS Medical College Hospital Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had made an announcement regarding the full autonomy of the hospital.

December 22, 2009 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

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