Naveen raises demand for AIIMS in Sundargarh
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Rourkela: Odisha Government will continue its efforts for establishment of the State’s second All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in tribal-dominated Sundargarh district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Tuesday. Naveen said this while launching the distribution of smart health cards, under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), for Sundargarh district here.
Referring to the State’s demand for an AIIMS in Sundargarh, Naveen said, “The people of Sundargarh, who have immense contribution for the growth of hockey in India, have justified and genuine rights to get health care service of AIIMS standard.”
Highlighting that hockey players hailing from the district have brought laurels to the State and the country, the Chief Minister congratulated Olympians Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo. During the day, the Chief Minister also inaugurated several developmental projects worth Rs 580 crore in the district.
Sundargarh is the second district after Malkangiri to get smart health cards. The cards were first distributed in Malkangiri district on August 20. On the demand for an AIIMS in the district, the Chief Minister said his Government has been repeatedly raising the demand with the Centre and has also made its stand clear in Odisha Assembly.
The State Government has moved the Centre seeking the establishment of the State’s second AIIMS in the already constructed building of the NTPC’s Medical College and Hospital project in Sundargarh town. Odisha Government has plans to make NTPC’s Medical College and Hospital in the district operational from 2022-23.
Last week, State Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das had said in the Assembly that the State was ready to provide 200 acres of land, DMF (district mineral foundation) funds, and other necessary support to set up AIIMS in Sundargarh.