Bhubaneswar:4/9/17: Amid show of protest by Congressmen, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the much-awaited Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH) built in Koraput built at a cost of Rs 192 crore.
Ahead of the SLNMCH’s inauguration, police took hundreds of congressmen including four sitting legislatures under preventive detention as they waves black flags to register their protest against what they alleged the BJD’s publicity stunt in seizing political mileage from the event.
The entire plan of the medical college hospital at Korpaut was conceived and was given final shape by congress-led UPA government. The BJD had nothing to do with the medical college coming up at Koraput. On the other hand, the ruling party has made it a party event showcasing is as a major achievement of Naven Patnaik, charged MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati, who along with , Krushna Sagaria, Kailash Kulasika and Chandrasekhar Majhi were detained by police today.
The medical college hospital has ushered in a new era for people in Koraput and adjoining districts in health service sectors. The new SLN medical college and hospital would cater to the health care requirements of the people in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada districts and adjoining areas in the region. It is also going to play a major role in solving the problem relating to shortage of doctors in the state, Chief Minister while inaugurating the medical college hospital said.
After a gap of more than 50 years, a medical college became operational in the Government sector. SLNMCH is the fourth government-run medical college and hospital in the state, the other three being SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, MKCG medical College & Hospital in Berhampur and eer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Burla under Sambalpur district.
On September 6, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College is scheduled to be dedicated at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district. Two more medical colleges would come up next year in Balasore and Balangir, said official sources.