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Care Hospitals Row: Odisha Govt Orders Probe

27 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today ordered a probe into the allegations made by the Opposition in connection with city-based Care Hospitals.

"I have directed my department to conduct a probe into whatever allegations have been made by Opposition members in the august House against Care Hospitals. Already raids have begun today," said Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das.

"Within two-three the probe will be over and based on the findings if any violations are found against them stringent action will be taken," he added.

Earlier in the day, during Zero Hour Opposition members both from the BJP and Congress brought serious allegations against Care Hospitals.

"The man who is going to takeover Care Hospital is a Pakistani national and is accused of being involved in the illegal organ trade. If the management of Care Hospital is transferred into his hands we apprehend kidneys of poor people who will go there for treatment of any ailment will be stolen. The State government which has given land free of cost to Care Hospital should intervene and stop this takeover," said Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly and senior BJP leader Pradipta Naik speaking reporters.

"Since the State government has given 25 acres of land free of cost to Care Hospitals, the hospital management should take permission of the State government before transferring its ownership to that man is a Pakistani national and is accused of being involved in illegal organ trade," said senior Congress leader and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati.

On the other hand, Care Hospitals authorities have refuted the allegations.

"It has come to the notice of the management of Care Hospitals that some people are trying to malign the name of Care Hospitals, Bhubaneswar by spreading the news on doing kidney transplantation and Pakistani allegiance which is completely baseless, false and fictitious," said a media release issued by Care Hospitals, Bhubaneswar this evening.

The media release stated that Care Hospitals from being a chain of hospitals in India has now become a part of the much larger network of the Evercare Group.

Evercare Group is wholly owned by the Evercare Health Fund, a US$1Billion emerging markets healthcare fund managed by The Rise Fund an impact investment platform based out of San Francisco, USA, the release further said.

Naba Kisore Das, Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Odisha

Pradipta Naik, Leader of Opposition, Odisha Legislative Assembly

Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Congress MLA, Odisha