Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda inaugurated the Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir on Friday. With the inception of the college, 100 MBBS seats are going to be added
The inauguration follows the recent naming of the government medical college at Bolangir as Bhima Bhoi Medical College after Bhima Bhoi a Khond saint, poet and philosopher from the area.
Inaugurating the medical college, the Chief Minister said the opening of the medical college and hospital in Balangir, which was a dream of the local people, will help achieve quality health care service in the locality.
“In 2000, the total MBBS seats in the state were 321. After the inauguration of Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Mayurbhanj and Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir, the number of seats has increased to 950,” said the Chief Minister.
He further said that after the inauguration of Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital in Baleswar next month, Odisha will have total 1,050 MBBS seats.
Earlier this year, following the instructions from the Medical Council of India (MCI), Ministry of Health had granted Letter of Permission (LOP) to the government-run Medical Colleges in Balasore and Bolangir to commence admissions from this year 2018-19.
The MCI had also granted permission for 100 seats each in 2nd year at PRM MCH, Baripada & SLNMCH Koraput along with 250 seats each at SCB MCH Cuttack and MKCG MCH at Berhampur.