Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed Kalahandi and Keonjhar district administration officials to start work of setting up medical colleges there within a month.
In a meeting at the secretariat, Naveen said the establishment of government medical colleges in these tribal districts was a priority.
” The medical colleges will bring advanced healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in the two tribal-dominated districts. I impressed upon the Collectors to make the medical college projects their top priority. Also emphasised on expeditious land allocation and approvals to start work on the project,” wrote Naveen on his facebook page.
The medical colleges will fulfill long standing need of people in both the districts.
Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said a site has been identified in Keonjhar while the tendering process has already started. “Construction of the proposed medical college building will start after the tender is finalised”, he added.
The minister further said for construction of medical college in Keonjhar, the state government will arrange money from district mineral fund.
Nayak also said in Kalahandi, the land has been identified for the medical college. As decided, the Vedanta Group will provide financial assistance for the construction of the medical college while the remaining works will be taken up by the state government.