Bhubaneswar: As the Odisha government has started initiating action against the SUM hospital following the death of 26 persons in a fire mishap, hundreds of students enrolled in the private medical college now face an uncertain future.
The Khurdha district administration has already sent a show cause notice to the hospital authority asking it reply why its clinical license should not be canceled.
There are 650 MBBS and 150 post-graduate students studying in IMSSH.
Four hundred students study at the Institute of Dental Sciences while 1000 students are pursuing their courses at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and SUM Nursing College besides 60 students of Masters in Hospital Administration.
41 students of the Sardar Rajas Medical College are also studying at the IMSSH following an order of the Supreme Court and the direction of the state government.
Meanwhile, the SUM hospital management said that they would follow the instructions and suggestions of the state government to provide better health service to patients in the state.
“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,” said a release.
“We have been making every possible effort to restore complete normalcy in the hospital in areas of patient care and treatment and we have been successful to some extent,” the release added.
As on October 22, 2016, altogether 669 patients are being treated in different wards of the hospital. Besides, 820 patients visited the Out Patient Department during the day.
It would be difficult for the state government to take a decission for closure of the hospital as hundered of students are pursuing their studies in the hospital. Besides, the state government has no adequate infrastructure in its medical colleges to accomodate them.
The government has also no such facilities for the patients.