Mentioning that Govt’s vision of happiness for people is “Sustha Odisha, Sukhi Odisha”, CM emphasized, ‘Every Life is Precious’. Highlighting the State’s initiatives in healthcare, CM added that Govt is committed to providing universal access to quality healthcare & bringing down the expenses of the people. Under BijuSwasthyaKalyanYojana, Govt bears the entire cost of health services for all at State Govt Hospitals. CM underscored that it is the responsibility of Govt to see that patients get quality care at State-run Medical Colleges and hospitals.
CM continued that Govt is building new, modern health infrastructure for providing quality healthcare in public health facilities. He pointed out that AmaHospital for the transformation of public health facilities and establishment of new Medical Colleges and Hospitals are some of Govt’s major active initiatives.
CM added that Odisha is moving towards self-sufficiency in meeting the need for doctors and specialists. While Odisha was producing only 321 MBBS doctors and 254 specialists per year in 2000, now it produces 2525 MBBS doctors and 856 specialists annually, and these numbers are increasing each year. CM hoped the young professors would follow transformative 5T principles in their careers and wished them a bright future ahead.