Apprehending possible closure of the Sum Hospital where 23 people died in a fire incident on October 17, the authorities of the Sikshya O Anusandhan University on Saturday said they would follow instructions and suggestions of the government and other agencies.
The Sikshya O Anusandhan University that runs the Institute of Medical Science and Sum Hospital (IMMSH) said the future of students should not be pushed to uncertainty.
It is essential for restoration of normal patient care and treatment in the Sum Hospital as it is a must for medical education, the SOA University said in a statement.
“We look forward to the guidance of the state government and different regulatory agencies in this regard. We will follow the instructions and suggestions of the authorities for achieving this goal,” it said.
The SOA University has been making effort to restore normalcy in the Sum Hospital in areas of patient care and treatment as it is a must for medical education, it said, adding the present and future of the students of IMSSH are of “paramount importance”.
There are 650 MBBS and 150 post-graduate students studying in IMSSH. Besides, 400 students study in the Institute of Dental Sciences, 1,000 students in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and SUM Nursing College and 60 students of Masters in Hospital Administration, it said.
The closure of the Sardar Rajas Medical College at Bolangir has been an example as to how the future of medical students could plunge into uncertainty, it said.
Following withdrawal of Medical Council of India’s recognition and affiliation to the Sardar Rajas Medical College due to poor infrastructure, 41 of its students are now studying in IMMSH.
The statement claimed that 669 patients were being treated in the hospital and 820 others visited the Out Patient Department during the day.