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Health matters:Minister for Mass Education Pratap Jena unveiling the Sahyog Health Care Services in Bhubaneswar on Friday.— Ashoke Chakrabarty
Health matters:Minister for Mass Education Pratap Jena unveiling the Sahyog Health Care Services in Bhubaneswar on Friday.— Ashoke Chakrabarty

Sahyog Foundation, which has recently forayed into healthcare sector, here on Friday announced to set up a Health City project on the outskirts of Cuttack at an estimated investment of Rs. 450 crore.

Health City project would comprise a 1,100-bedded hospital and modern ambulatory services, besides on campus medicine outlets.

“The health city project would come up on about 170 acres of land at Mangalpur near Cuttack. In the first phase we will be starting a 60-seat paramedic college, first of its kind in the State,” Manoj Aiyer, managing trustee of Sahyog Foundation, said addressing a press conference here on Friday.

He said, “Our aim is to provide world class health care services to the urban, semi-urban and rural population at affordable cost. A substantial number of beds in the health city project would be dedicated to people hailing from below poverty line.”

The Sahyog Foundation, which has already proposed a medical college and hospital at Keonjhar district, said it would mobilise a major chunk of Rs. 450 crore required for the project through institutional finances.

From the month June, the foundation would roll out Flycare Ambulatory Service, ambulance on two-wheeler, in Bhubaneswar. “We are going to introduce flycare ambulatory service in the State from Bhubaneswar. The specially designed two-wheeler bike would cost us about Rs. 1.2 lakh which would be manned by paramedic personnel,” said Mr. Aiyer. Since car movement was getting extremely difficult in the city due to traffic congestion, the foundation's flycare ambulatory would turn out to be critical to attend patients during golden hour, he said. The new ambulatory service will be attached to its call centre. The foundation unveiled a host of new medical services on Friday. “Sahyog heath centre will offer various services including a mini-clinic, mini-diagnostic centre, telemedicine, pharmaceutical services, public health programme and doctor on call,” he said. Mr. Aiyer said the foundation planned to set up 200 centres in six States.


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