06 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced to make SCB Medical College & Hospital (SCBMC&H) into an AIIMS Plus institution-a state-of-the-art 3,000 bedded integrated hospital with latest medical facilities.
Over Rs 1,000 crore will be spent on the project.
"SCB has a central place in our vision of providing high-quality affordable healthcare. For this, we will create a state of art three thousand bedded integrated hospital equipped with the latest medical facilities. We should be able to compare ourselves with the best in the country. In fact, our transformational goal should be AIIMS plus," the Chief Minister said while holding a meeting with professors, superintendent and student representatives of SCBMC&H at the Lok Seva Bhawan here this evening.
The Chief Minister stated that the project would involve a substantial cost to the people of the State which will be more than Rs 1,000 crore.
He pointed out that it will result in a transformation where no person from Odisha will be forced to go outside the State for medical treatment.
"To support this hospital, we will create an ecosystem with the best accommodation and recreational facilities for both doctors and students. It shall be such that medical professionals settled outside will aspire to come and serve here," Patnaik clarified.
Pointing out that SCBMC&H was set up two hundred years ago and has served the people of Odisha for many years, the Chief Minister said that it has produced brilliant doctors who have served and continue to serve patients not only in Odisha but across the globe and it is now upon us to give back to this great institution and transform it into a world-class facility.
"It is my dream that every person in Odisha should have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. It is in this context that the State Government has been investing heavily in the health sector. From three Medical Colleges, we are in the process of having more than 10 Medical Colleges. SCB has a central place in our vision of providing high-quality affordable healthcare," Patnaik said.