BHUBANESWAR: Odisha is set to get six new medical colleges with the Centre announcing that a medical college will be set up in each aspirational district on a public-private partnership (PPP) mode in the Union Budget 2020-21.
The aspirational district programme was launched by the Centre in January 2018 with an aim to rapidly transform the districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas. Odisha has 10 aspirational districts – Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Nuapada.
While Balangir and Koraput have existing medical colleges, an announcement of the setting up of two new colleges in Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts have already been made. But health experts feel there is a need to improve the primary healthcare infrastructure in backward districts instead of setting up medical colleges there.