February 2018

Odisha Enroute to Provide Better Healthcare

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Odisha Enroute to Provide Better Healthcare

As part of its endeavour to provide inclusive healthcare services in every nook and corner of the State through noble and innovative steps, the Government of Odisha is resolutely moving forward in this direction, writes Elets News Network (ENN).

In a recent development, the State Government’ Health & Family Welfare Department signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with reputed health institutes of India. It is meant to ensure an improved healthcare services’ delivery in the State.

There are five partnering agencies which are part of this MoUs namely Glocal Healthcare Systems Private Ltd, Kolkata, Centre for Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Velore, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru and L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar.

On this development, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik underlined his Government’s commitment to offer inclusive healthcare services across the State through noble and innovative steps.

He also stated similar models and healthcare facilities would be expanded in other parts of the State following the outcome of these plans.

In a move to establish digital dispensaries, Glocal Healthcare Systems Pvt Ltd has joined hands with the Odisha Government.

The digital dispensary project will be established in 14 locations of Nawarangpur district in the first phase. This programme will be extended to another 11 locations of the district based on the outcome.

As per the understanding, these digital dispensary centres will function as an OPD with virtual consultation with a doctor (through video-consultation) and facility to basic laboratory tests and medication dispensing, to deliver quality primary healthcare free of cost to the patients.

Operation and management of digital dispensaries in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district shall be done by M/S Glocal Healthcare Systems Pvt Ltd of Kolkata who has been selected through a competitive bidding process.

For a better detection and treatment of Thalassemia, Sicklecell Anaemia, the second MoU was signed with Centre for Stem Cell Research of Christian Medical College, Vellore.

According to the project plan, this partnership will help reduce major Haemoglobinopathy disorders through screening, counseling, pre-natal diagnosis with an appropriate technology and possible curative options.

At present Sickle Cell control programme is being implemented in 12 districts of Western Odisha with a Nodal Centre at VIMSAR, Burla.

With a purpose to provide faster and better access to children detected with different heart diseases, the Government of Odisha has signed an MoU with Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru. With this, it is anticipated that children having Congenital Heart Diseases and Rheumatic Heart Disease can receive required surgery through Narayna Hrudayalaya on a sustained basis.

Under RBSK screening, at present 820 congenital heart diseases cases have been identified for heart surgeries. With this MoU, the Government of Odisha expects all current and future cases can receive the required surgery through Narayana Hrudalaya on a sustained basis.

Under RBSK screening, 1,026 congenital cataract and 1,410 eye defects cases for surgeries have been identified for treatment. It is expected that through this MoU with LVPEI will enable the department in providing specialised care to the needy children for treatment of Congenital Cataract and Retinopathy of Prematurity as a continuous healthcare programme.

“These steps will ensure health services at the outreach area of the state through digital diagnosis and medical consultation at remote places,” said Dr P K Meherda, Secretary of Health & Family Welfare department, Government of Odisha, on the objectives of the quality healthcare services through private entities.

With the aim to enhance the reach and quality of health care across the State, the Government of Odisha has taken many initiatives in recent years. These include the multi disease surveillance system; several measures towards streamlining drug procurement and distribution and rational use of drugs. Odisha has been a pioneer in many initiatives on healthcare front.

District level steps have piloted important components of primary health care such as community participation, improved mobility assistance for field staff, support to training and health education systems, maintenance of built assets and equipment, use of low cost construction for primary health centres and sub-centres.

The Mission of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Odisha, is to facilitate improvement in the health status of the people of Odisha with their participation, and to make available health care in a socially equitable, accessible and affordable manner.

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