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CS urges Centre to expedite AIIMS centre in Balasore




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has urged the Union Government in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to start work of the Satellite Centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Balasore.

Padhi raised the issue at the Governing Board (GB) Meeting of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar held at the Conference Hall of Nirman Bhawan at New Delhi on December 5 which was chaired by Union Health & Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda.

The Chief Secretary urged the Union Government to take possession of the land reserved for AIIMS near Balasore and start construction for the Satellite Centre.

Director of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Geetanjali Batmanbane who was present in the meeting said that the State Government is providing all support for the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Notably, the Union Government decided to start the Satellite Centre at Balasore in 2013 and till date it has not taken up construction though land is ready and AIIMS authorities have been time and again urged to take possession of land.

A 350 bedded Hospital is planned to be set up in two phases to cater the people of North Odisha.

Though an Outpatient department (OPD) services has been started at Balasore, authorities are showing lukewarm response to start work on Satellite Campus in the Northern District of the State.

As far as the commitment of State Government is concerned, it has extended all support for the AIIMS facility at Bhubaneswar.

State Government which has provided over 92 acres of land and other facilities to AIIMS Bhubaneswar, has also pointed out that Union Government is yet to open Super Speciality facilities at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Padhi urged the MoHFW to start Super Speciality facilities for the patients as early as possible as infrastructure and other requirements are available at AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

For providing training to the MBBS and Nursing Staff, Nayapalli Dispensary has been handed over to AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

For Rural Health Training Centre to be run by the AIIMS Bhubaneswar, infrastructure at Mendhasal Community Health Centre has been handed over to AIIMS, said officials.

Padhi assured the Union Government to vacate unauthorised encroachments in AIIMS Bhubaneswar also, they said adding District Collector Khurda has initiated action in this regard.

In the meantime, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has approached the State Government to provide 50 acres of land and State government has asked it to submit Forest diversion proposal as the land comes under Forest Department.

A dormitory is also being constructed at AIIMS for patients’ attendants with financial support from NALCO. The Aluminium Major will fund Rs.26 crore for the dormitory from its CSR Fund.

NALCO and AIIMS will sign an agreement for the project soon, said sources.






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