Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has sent a proposal to the Union Health Ministry for the establishment of the 2nd All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Sundargarh district.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in a letter to the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhusan stated that currently, Odisha has a fully functional AIIMS in Bhubaneswar which has emerged as one of the leading AIIMS in the country in terms of medical education and quality health care.
“We have learnt that a second AIIMS has been established in Bihar and similar proposal is under consideration in another State. In view of the health care requirements of Odisha, it is proposed that a second AIIMS may he considered for Western Odisha in the the district of Sundargarh,” Tripathy added.
He emphasised that there is readily available infrastructure for College and Hospital in Sundargarh. As a CSR initiative, an MOU has been signed between the Government of Odisha and NTPC to establish a Medical College and Hospital. The Construction of the project has been completed and equipment procurement process is going on. The hospital is designed for 500 beds and the college will adequate enough to have 100 strength in MBBS.
“Therefore, this available infrastructure can be utilised for setting up of AIIMS within a short period of time. It will cater to a large Tribal population in the area and help in providing quality tertiary care in the backward area of Western Odisha. The location is easily accessible through road, railway and air (Jharsuguda airport),” he added.
In view of this, Tripathy requested the Union Health Secretary to consider the proposal and a second AIIMS be established in Odisha at the earliest.