Medical college in Puri to be named after Jagannath

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today named the proposed medical college at Puri after Lord Jagannath, marking the ‘Nabakalebara’ festival which is being celebrated after a gap of 19 years.

“The proposed institute will be named as Shri Jagannath Medical College Hospital. The government has accepted a proposal of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in this regard,” a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

Earlier on July 4, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid foundation stone of the proposed medical college hospital.

The hospital is being set up at Puri under the Centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojna.R.

Under the scheme, the cost of establishment of each medical college is about Rs 189 crore of which the Centre will bear 75 per cent of the expenditure. The intake capacity of the medical college is 100. The State government will provide 20 acres of land free of cost.

The scheme has provisions to upgrade the District Headquarter Hospitals having more than 200 beds to medical colleges.

Puri DHH has 270 beds.