Odisha got two new government medical colleges after a gap of 54 years with the inauguration of Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital (PRMMCH) in Mayurbhanj district and Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently.

Patnaik inaugurated PRMMCH, which is named after the inventor of Santhali script Raghunath Murmu, at Rangamatia village in Mayurbhanj on Wednesday. He said the medical college fulfilled the decades-long dreams of the people of Mayurbhanj and would serve the healthcare needs of the tribals in far flung areas of the district.

The new medical college in Mayurbhanj has an outlay of Rs 226.40 crore.

The chief minister inaugurated SLNMCH in Koraput town on Monday. It is the fourth state-run medical college which has been opened in the state after a gap of 54 years. It has also admitted 100 students for this academic year.

“It gives me immense pleasure to dedicate this medical college to the people of Odisha,” the chief minister said at the inauguration. Patnaik described it as another stepping stone towards his government’s resolve to ensure inclusive, equitable and sustainable development in the state.

Of the three government medical colleges established earlier in the state, MKCG Medical College at Berhampur in Ganjam district was founded in 1962, SCB Medical College at Cuttack was set up in 1944, and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Sambalpur district was founded in 1959.

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