Jamshedpur, June 11: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a 100-bed Tata Steel funded Super Specialty Eye Care Hospital at Samarjhola village under Hinjilicut block of Ganjam district on Saturday in the presence of Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamigal and T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, India and SEA .
The hospital, which is to be operated by Sankara Eye Hospital of Tamil Nadu, will offer modern eye-care services to the people of Ganjam and nearby districts, a press communiqué issued by the steel company stated.
Tata Steel has extended financial grant of Rs 42.3 crore for the construction of the hospital and allied infrastructure including equipment. Built over 4.5 acres of land in the Samarjhola village, approximately 17 km from Berhampur city, the eye hospital with world-class facilities and highly qualified doctors will offer services comparable to the best corporate hospitals at an affordable cost.
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, minister of state, health and family welfare; Dr. Pradeep Panigrahy, minister, higher education, science and technology; Bikram Keshari Arukha, minister, environment and forest; Ladu Kishore Swain, MP, Aska; Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, MLA, Berhampur; V Sugnana Kumari Deo, MLA, Kabisuryanagar; Dr Priyanshu Pradhan, MLA, Chhatrapur, Purna Chandra Sethy, MLA, Khalikote; Surjya Narayan Patro, MLA, Digapahandi; Srikanta Sahu, MLA, Polosara; Nandini Devi, MLA, Sanakhemundi; Purna Chandra Swain, MLA, Sorada; Debraj Mohanty, MLA, Aska; Arun Misra, vice-president, Project Gopalpur and MD, Tata Steel SEZ, and S Visvanathan, trustee and secretary, Sankara Eye Hospital were present on the occasion.
At the inauguration ceremony, while blessing the gathering Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamigal stressed upon the need for eyes both for physical and spiritual aspect of life.
Naveen Patnaik, in his address, said, “I am very happy to see the hospital on ground within a short span of one year. I am sure that this hospital will become a pioneer in eye care treatment in the region. I am thankful to Sankara Eye Hospital and Tata Steel for this noble initiative.”
On the occasion, T V Narendran reiterated Tata Steel’s commitment towards the community. He also said that Tata Steel is proud to be associated with such an initiative and will continue to strengthen its relationship with Odisha through such initiatives.
Built over 4.5 acres of land, the hospital’s built up area is 73520 sqft with four floors and comprises five operation theatres, 12 patient rooms and six wards. It is worth mentioning here that the totally green complex hospital is environment friendly and self-sufficient in energy and use of water.
The hospital complex would depend on 150 KW of solar power generated through solar panels being fixed on roofs of buildings of the complex and the water will be catered through rain water harvesting and recycling of used water.
Sankara Eye Hospital, which has an outstanding record of providing quality eye care for over two decades through its 11 existing hospitals across the nation, will run this hospital which will have facilities like comprehensive eye care, investigations and outpatient treatment, low vision clinic, contact lens clinic, special clinic for children, day care options, same day surgeries, micro phaco cataract surgeries for spectacle free vision, glaucoma services and many more.