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KIMS signs MOU with BMC for multi-speciality hospital

On the World Health Day this would be a perfect gift for the citizens of Bhubaneswar, the Temple city, as Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is developing a Greenfield Hospital and Healthcare network in Bhubaneswar in PPP mode.

Today  7 April 2017 the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between BMC and the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Secunderabad, at the BMC conference hall. The project, as per the claims by the KIMS authorities, would be completed within 24 months time, though in the agreement, the time is given for 48 months. M/s KIMS Hospital (Bhubaneswar) Private Limited a Special Purpose Vehicle formed by KIMS, will execute the ambitious health-care delivery project.

The private partner shall develop a new (Greenfield) multi-specialty hospital at Mancheswar (Gadakana Mouza) and upgrade five (5) existing dispensaries of BMC at Kapilaprasad, Brahmeswar Patna, Gadakana, Rasulgarh and Bharatpur into primary and secondary care health centres. M/s International Finance Corporation (IFC), a wing of World Bank Group is the transaction advisor for this project.

KIMS is one of the largest corporate healthcare group in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh operating five hospitals Two at Hyderabad, One each at Nellore, Rajahmundry and Srikakulam. KIMS treats more than 3 lakh people annually of which about 50% are BPL patients. It would add around 800 hospital beds in Bhubaneswar covering primary, secondary & tertiary healthcare entailing an investment of around Rs 425 Crores.

Government of Odisha shall provide a Viability Grant Fund of Rs 51 Crores for this project which shall be disbursed in a phased manner upon achieving pre-determined milestones. On an average, the project will have around 45% of total patients from Economically Weaker Segments. The facilities in phased manner by the Private Partner and it shall operate & maintain it for period of 34 years (extendable to additional 34 years).

The PPP network shall be integrated with the current IT systems of DoHFW for reporting and operations. The PPP partner in addition to other services shall mandatorily provide Family Planning Clinics at 4 sites in the network and operate at least 20 SNCUs (Sick Newborn Care Units) in the network. This project shall also dovetail the NUHM Scheme and provide services supposed to be provided by an Urban Primary Health Centre.

On MoU Signing & Quotes

During the MoU signing ceremony Health Minister Pradip Kumar Amat, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, MLAs (Bhubaneswar North) Priyadarshi Mishra and (Bhubaneswar Central) Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Deputy Mayor K Santi and BMC Commissioner Dr. Krishan Kumar were present.

While from KIMS side their vice-president Dr. B. Abhinay signed the document, from BMC deputy commissioner (projects) Srimanta Mishra signed the MoU.

Health Minister Pradip Kumar Amat: ``The KIMS authorities assuring to complete the project within 24 months after getting all due clearances, is a great compliment as the present government runs through a pro-active system and the ease of doing business in Odisha has become an inspiration for many entrepreneurs.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo: ``The authorities of both BMC and KIMS must work towards completing the project within the promised time so that our citizens will be benefitted with a better, low-priced health-care delivery system. It would also help immensely to  take on the challenge of shortage of doctors.

Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda: ``On the occasion of the World Health Day, it is perhaps the only befitting gift for the citizens of the city. It should come up as soon as possible.

BMC Commissioner Dr. Krishan Kumar: ``The new hospital, once commissioned, would become a major referral centre for patients coming from BPL and EWS Categories.

Vice-President, KIMS, Secunderabad, Dr. B. Abhinaya: ``We have dealt with many state government, but the present Odisha Government is very fast. The ease of doing business is unparallel and it could be compared with any good corporate governance style of functioning. We have a time to complete the project in 48 months, but will complete is within 24 months only.

The senior KIMS official also added that presently the group has a bed strength of 2,800 and it is going to add 1,000 more through one in the city and another in Assam.
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