**Bhubaneswar:** In the wake of the adverse remarks given by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in its reports already submitted with the Central Government and the 100 MBBS seats out of the existing 250 anticipated to be withdrawn at any moment, Opposition members on Wednesday expressed grave concerns in the Assembly and urged the Odisha Government to initiate due remedial measures.
Notably, the MCI team is scheduled to visit the Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital in February next year for re-inspection and the sorry state of affairs if found persisting, axe would obviously fall on the premier government-run health institution.
Prominent among others, the serious discussion on the issue was participated by Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra and BJP legislature party leader K.V. Singhdeo.
Later briefing media, Leader of Opposition said, “While the 150 MBBS seats of SCB Medical College have been enhanced to 250 seats, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is going to withdraw 100 seats. The committee formed by MCI for the purpose has already submitted its report to the Central Government.”
“The findings reveal that on 16 points the State Government has not initiated action as per the requisite norms. The MCI panel has also shockingly remarked that the SCB Medical College Superintendent is ineligible. While 4 doctors should man the Casualty Ward at a time, it fails due to shortage of man power,” he informed.
The Leader of Opposition further informed, “Last time when the MCI panel had come for inspection, it had been said on record by the SCB authorities that the requisite number of doctors are available. Later on the team came for further inspection and the MCI team members sought to see the faces of the said doctors. But to the utter chagrin, the SCB authorities could not parade those doctors. Thus, the MCI team submitted report that the Casualty lacks doctors, Superintendent is ineligible, serious wanting in the infrastructure as per the stipulated norms. Hence, the 100 MBBS seats may be withdrawn at any moment.”
“However, the SCB Principal in his media statement has said that all will be well and all is well. So, the question of anticipated withdrawal of 100 MBBS seats does not arise. That’s why we have requested the State Government to make the air clear on the issue in the House on the factual situation of SCB currently,” he stated in the House on the day.
Supporting the Leader of Opposition, BJP legislature party leader K.V. Singhdeo said, “Dearth of doctors in the State. Everywhere the same scenario. Even in the three government medical colleges 179 professor posts are lying vacant,” questioning, “How will the next five upcoming medical colleges be filled up?”
As per the MCI report, the incumbent SCB Superintendent has an experience of only 8 years and hence not eligible for the post as per the norms.
The other infrastructural problems plaguing the SCB Medical College and Hospital are functioning of only 3 X-ray machines out of the 5 installed.
In the Wards, each bed has distance of only 1.5 metre against the MCI rule while many wards have no examination-cum-treatment rooms or ETO sterilizer available.
There is only one examination hall having a capacity of only 250 seats whereas two more are required. The capacity of lecture theatre is only of 200 against the requisite 300. The available area of the student reading room is 950 sq mtr against 4000 sq mtr. The staff reading room is of 20 against the needed 50 capacity. There are only 12 internet nodes against 50. In the nursing hostel, the available accommodation is 50 against 92. UHC specialist visits are not organised one. Required number of vehicles is not available. Last but not the least, family welfare services are not provided, thus goes the MCI stricture.
In his reactions, Health Minister Pradeep Amat told media, “We have taken up the concerns of Leader of Opposition and also member of the House K.V. Singhdeo. We’ll examine and do the needful within the time frame and there will be no problem.”