Bhubaneswar: Tata Steel will fund the setting up of a 100 bed Super Specialty Eye Care Hospital at Samarjhola village under Hinjilicut Block of Ganjam District. Sankara Eye Hospital of Tamil Nadu will implement the project and operate the hospital.
Towards this end, a grant agreement was signed here today between Mr Arun Misra, Vice President Gopalpur Project signed the grant agreement on behalf of the steel major while Mr S Visvanathan, Trustee & Secretary, Chennai-based Sankara Eye Hospital, signed on behalf of the hospital. Mr Atanu Sabsyasachi Nayak, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Information & Public Relations, and Dr Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, Higher Education, Rural Development (Rural Water Supply), Government of Odisha were present on occasion and appreciated the initiative of Tata Steel.
Others present on the occasion included senior officials of Tata Steel like Mr Chankya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication and Regulatory Affairs, Mr Rajeev Singhal, Vice President, Raw Materials, Mr M C Thomas, General Manager, OMQ and Mr Biren Ramesh Bhuta, Chief, CSR. From Sankara Eye Hospital Wg Cdr V Shankar, Trustee & Executive Director, Mr S Srinivas and Prof Narayan Satpathy.
According to the agreement, Tata Steel will extend financial support as a grant up to Rs 42.3 crore for construction of the proposed 100 bed eye hospital and the required infrastructure including equipment to be built over 4.5 acres of land in the Samarjhola village which is approximately 17 km from Berhampur city. Out of the total grant a cheque of Rs 3 crore, as an initial amount, was handed over to the hospital authority on the occasion. Sankara Eye Hospital, which has an outstanding record of providing quality eye care for over two decades, 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Arun Misra reiterated Tata Steel’s commitment to a healthy and resurgent Odisha and said the Company would continue to assist and supplement the efforts of the State Government to upgrade and improve the healthcare infrastructure in the State.
Tata Steel, Mr Misra informed, is also setting up 500 bed and 200 bed multi-specialty hospitals at Gopalpur and Kalinganagar, respectively, with a view to providing people in the region access to quality healthcare. Its healthcare interventions through its hospitals in Joda, Sukinda, other Health Centres, Mobile Health Units and Health Camps enables Tata Steel to reach out to more than 4 lakh patients in Odisha every year.
“With the world class equipment and highly qualified surgeons, Sankar Eye Hospital will offer services comparable to the best corporate hospitals at a fraction of their costs”, said Mr Visvanathan while addressing the media.