Central team's visit awaited
The State government has identified a five-acre patch of land at Andharua for setting up of Regional Institute for Paramedical Sciences (RIPS), Bhubaneswar. The Union government has proposed to establish the RIPS in Bhubaneswar which would help paramedics in government hospitals in eastern States such as West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh upgrade their skills.
“As per the plan, the Centre will provide Rs. 70 crore for the institute where training for all paramedical services except nursing will be imparted. It is not as yet known whether the institute will take in-service personnel as intern or run programmes for freshers,” says P.K. Das, Director of Medical Education and Training.
Dr. Das says, “a five-acre of land adjacent to the proposed medical college by the Employees' State Insurance Corporation has already been identified. The General Administration Department has been intimated on land identification.”
Meanwhile, the State government has requested the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to arrange the visit of technical committee to the State for establishment of the RIPS. Sources in State Health and Family Welfare department say once the Central team gives its report after visiting the place, the process of handover of the land will begin.
The RIPS will impart training to laboratory technicians, radiographer, and pharmacists. Although three private medical colleges have already started functioning during the past few years, there is a need for an institute for paramedics.
Health city status
Health planners say establishment of RIPS assumes significance as Bhubaneswar has fast been acquiring status of health city. At present three private medical colleges are functioning in the capital city.