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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mayurbhanj Homeopathic MCH presents a picture of neglect

Even after 32 years of its establishment, the Mayurbhanj Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital (MHMCH) at Baripada is yet to be taken over by the State Government.
This MCH at Sungadia near Baripada which was established in 1980, presents a picture of neglect. Though the private homeopathy medical colleges in Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur were taken over by the government in 1994, this was left out for reasons unknown. The State has six homeopathic colleges, including five government ones. Government colleges include Biju Patnaik Homeopathic Medical College at Berhampur, Cuttack Homeopathic Medical College, Dr Abhin Chandra Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Medical College of Homeopathy and Research at Sambalpur and Utkalmani Homeopathic Medical College at Rourkela.

As per norms of the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH), the MHMCH should have 43 lecturers. However, the medical college is functioning with only 13. Students alleged that the authorities were not concerned to fill up the vacancies even after repeated requests.
Students further alleged that they were forced to pay donations to get admission in the college which lacks basic facilities. Though it has a building, no white-washing has been done for the last two decades. It lacks a good library, laboratory and hostel facilities. This institution has 30 seats for Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) course.
On an average 50 patients visit the hospital daily and they are provided free treatment. Though lakhs of people in the district depend on the hospital for free treatment, they suffer as the institution does not have required infrastructure and accommodation facilities for patients. Principal Prabas Sahu expressed helplessness on the state of affairs. He said apart from the 13 lecturers, the medical college was being managed by 12 guest faculties.

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