Bhubaneshwar: A review meeting regarding the developmental works at Shri Ramachandra Bhanj Medical College (SCB Medical College), prior to the forthcoming Medical Council of India’s visit was held on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by the Central Range Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Mr. AB Otta.The MCI visit comes in view of the 100 seat approval to be granted to the college for its MBBS course
The meeting declared the OPD building as unfit and a decision to have the OPD shift to the Eye Department block was taken. The RDC asked the hospital authorities to undertake repairs of the HIV test machine by utilizing user fee, by the end of the year.
A plan to develop a second regional diagnostic cell was also discussed. The meeting also discussed the planned Rs 100 core multi specialist hospital to be constructed in place of the present OPD ward, as part of renovation works in the college.
With the impending MCI’s fifth and final visit round the corner, the hospital authorities have been speeding up on infra structural upgradations.
The college hospital’s MBBS stream seats have been increased from 150 to 250 since the 2013-14 session.
As per rules, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is to conduct five inspections once seat approval is granted to a medical institution. This is done to check if the college is prepared in terms of infra structure, services, tech and management to meet up to the demands of the increased no of seats .
Prof. Sidhharth Das, Dean/ Principal of the medical college and hospital, revealed that the MCI had already conducted its fourth review in September, this year and had pointed a few drawbacks. He said that most of the deficiencies had been met with and the remaining few would be overcome, before the next review of the apex body.
The principal mentioned the deficiencies in the new academic block, as the only remaining impediment, with the posts of four casualty medical officers already having been filled.