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Odisha needs 19,000 more doctors as per national ratio

10/08/2022 at 7:21 PM


Bhubaneswar, Aug 10: As many as 1025 students passed MBBS in Odisha in 2022. Earlier, the figure has been below 1000-mark.

According to the data presented by health minister Naba Kishore Das in Odisha Assembly on July 18, a total 662 students passed MBBS in the state from government and private medical colleges in 2018 that rose to 737 in 2019, 758 in 2020.

As many as 640 students passed MBBS in 2021 and after the first batch of students passed from Koraput and Baripada medical colleges the number crossed the 1,000-mark in 2022.

With over 4.63 crore population of the state, Odisha needs over 46,000 doctors in a 1:1000 (one doctor for 1000 population) ratio. However, around 27,000 doctors are in service both in government and private healthcare facilities. And the state needs 19,000 doctors more as per the national ratio.

On the other hand, Tamil Nadu has the largest number of MBBS seats in the country which is 10,725, followed by Karnataka with 10,145 seats.

Similarly, Maharashtra has 9895 MBBS seats, Uttar Pradesh (9053), Gujarat (5700), Kerala (4255), Madhya Pradesh (4080), and Rajasthan (4005).

Andhra Pradesh has 5335 MBBS seats, West Bengal (4225), Telangana (5050).

 Tamil Nadu has 70 medical colleges – 38 government and 32 private.

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