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‘Improve amenities in medical college’

Correspondent

CUTTACK: Congress activists on Saturday staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of SCB Medical College and Hospital here seeking improvement of infrastructure of the premier referral hospital of the State.

Memorandum

Later, a delegation led by city Congress chief Suresh Mohapatra submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister to the district Collector.

The memorandum highlighted the perennial problems of the hospital and urged the Chief Minister to take steps to increase the number of MBBS seats in the medical college.

“Slashing of 47 seats in MBBS course of the college by the Medical Council of India (MCI) from this academic year speaks volumes about the poor infrastructure in the college,” said the memorandum.

The MCI allegedly refused to increase the seats from 107 to 150 saying the college lacked adequate facilities.

However, when Pradesh Congress Chief Jaydev Jena informed Mr. Mohapatra over telephone that the MCI on Saturday agreed to increase the seats to 150 in the college from this session, the striking Congress activists called off their agitation in the afternoon.

The activists also sought launching of PG courses in the only government dental college of the State that functions from the premises of the SCB Medical College.

The leaders also pointed out the poor and inadequate diet provided to patients, misuse of user fees, poor facilities at the Casualty wing and other pathological laboratories of the hospital.

The Congress leaders also highlighted issues like presence of agents of private nursing homes and chemists inside the hospital campus to mobilise patients to vacate the hospital. .

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