In the first of its kind initiative aimed at positioning Bhubaneswar as a complete health destination and promoting medical tourism in a big way, Odisha plans to develop an integrated health city.
The health city will be built on the outskirts of the city on 150-200 acres of land. Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (Idco) has prepared the concept note for the project.
“The proposed health city is at a conceptual stage and preliminary discussions were held on Thursday. The health city will have various components including super speciality hospital, medical college, residential zones, high-end diagnostic centre and common infrastructure facilities. Destinations like Gurgaon, Chennai and Hyderabad already have running health cities while one such city is soon coming up in Vishakhapatnam. A health city in Odisha will help us pull medical tourists to the state,” said P K Jena, chairman and managing director of Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (Idco).
A health city offers a one stop shop for all the healthcare needs of an individual, besides having a whole lot of other components like educational institutions, hospitality, retail and commercial and residential complex sprawled across acres of land.
Medical cities bring along all components of healthcare, education, research and skill development under one roof, thereby increasing the quality of care and services offered to the patients and other consumers. Medanta- the medicity in Gurgaon founded by eminent cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan, is spread across 43 acres including a world class super speciality hospital, research centre, medical and nursing school.