The Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), running under the Health & Family Welfare Department of Odisha, will be funded with more than Rs 200 crore for its overall infrastructure development, State Health & Family Welfare Minister Shri Pratap Jena said recently during his visit to VIMSAR at Burla in Sambalpur city.
The work on a eight-storey super speciality building at VIMSAR will begin after monsoon and Rs 150 crore will be spent on the project.
The building will house five new departments of gastroenterology, endocrinology, clinical haematology, plastic surgery and paediatric surgery. Five existing departments of the hospital — nephrology, urology, neurology, neurosurgery and cardiology — will be upgraded and also shifted to the new building.
Apart from this, the building will have 180 general beds besides 60-bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU). An amount of Rs 2.55 crore has been sanctioned for the development of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at VIMSAR.
Health authorities have also planned to open a drug de-addiction centre which will come up at VIMSAR at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore.
As per the revised plan, Rs 70 crore will be spent in the current financial year for procurement of medical equipment of VIMSAR. Another Rs 15 crore has been sanctioned by the government for construction of a 300-bedded hostel for nurses of the tertiary healthcare centre of the western region of the state.
During his visit to VIMSAR, the Health Minister reviewed the progress of health programmes and infrastructure work there. He also launched a mobile app for tracking of high risk pregnant women and SAM children during his visit. The health minister inaugurated a 100-bedded hostel for the senior residents and a guest house.
He also laid foundation stone for a Maternity and Child Health (MCH) building, which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 21 crore at VIMSAR.