The much-awaited work on the upgradation of the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP)-run Ispat General Hospital (IGH) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) into a super speciality hospital and medical college has finally started with the allocation of Rs 200 crore under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. The Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has also started monitoring the project directly.

IGH, a well-equipped 685-bedded multidisciplinary hospital, is accredited by National Board of Examinations (NBE), New Delhi, for imparting post-graduate DNB training in several disciplines and also runs a nurses training institute.

Recently a high-level team of experts and architects had visited the hospital and submitted their report to SAIL and the Ministry of Steel outlining the requirement of infrastructure and medical equipment.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar has been assigned the responsibility of introducing super-specialty services and developing the curriculum for the post-graduate courses.

Earlier this month, a team of consultant firm HLL Infra Tech Services Ltd (HITES) had inspected the existing infrastructure of few departments of IGH. The team examined possibility of introducing super special treatment facilities along with post-graduate learning at departments of neurology, pulmonary medicines and burn care.

The visit of HITES team came against the backdrop of the visit of a team of senior medical experts of the union government in June following direction of the Prime Minster’s Office.

SAIL and the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) would run the medical college jointly.

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