The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) plans to set up medical college in Orissa with an investment of Rs 600 crore. This was stated at a Press meet here on Saturday by ESIC Insurance Commissioner BK Sahu in the presence of the Regional Director of Orissa AS Meeran. He said the plan is to have one such medical college in each State where the ESIC has its operation and the college in Orisa is likely to be the first one. He highlighted a series of initiatives to make the ESIC friendly to the insured persons (IPs).
Sahu said ESIC-operated hospital at Rourkela is being modernised at a cost of Rs 30 crore, while Rs 65 crore each has been earmarked for the State-run hospitals at Bhubaneswar and Choudwar. ESIC already submitted its plans to the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) for approval. It should be noted that ESIC has been allotted 25 acres of land by the State Government in the Chandaka area near the city for its proposed medical college.
The initiatives included roping in private nursing homes as treatment centres wherever the State Government is not in a position to provide the required medical facilities. This is likely to come into effect from April 1, 2011.