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First Ever In Odisha: Molecular Genomics Lab At Cuttack SCB Dedicated To People


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31 July 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Cuttack: In a bid to facilitate the patients of Odisha for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases hassle-free and free of cost, Molecular Genomics Laboratory was made functional and dedicated to the people today at SCB Medical College and Hospital.  

In his media reactions on the sidelines of the occasion, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “Today is a significant day as for the first time Molecular Genomics Laboratory has become functional and dedicated to the people under the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, It can diagnose cancer and other diseases in advance. Today is a proud moment for the Odisha Health Department.”

“I would like to thank our Chief Minister for his dream of ‘Healthcare to All’. We resolve today to move ahead. Six more medical colleges are going to be set up in Odisha. In future, Odisha is definitely going to be doctor surplus State,” he stated.

Replying to a query on the non-functional of other departments and centres at Cuttack SCB Medical, the Health Minister said, “The department which is not functioning well, very soon a meeting will be held at my department with the Cuttack SCB Superintendent, Dean and the professors concerned of various departments and this department will certainly take the necessary action after the review. In the near past, we have already made functional liver transplantation centre.”

Notably, Health and Family Welfare Department Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda on May 31 this year had inaugurated this Molecular Genomic Testing and Research Centre in the Biochemistry Department of SCB Medical College and Hospital. Such a centre is claimed to be the first ever for any State Government-run medical college in the country. The centre will facilitate diagnosis and cure of breast, uterus and lung cancer at an early (first) stage. The patients who are affected by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Cervical Cancer can also be detected at this centre.

Earlier tests during cancer treatment used to cost between Rs 25,000 to Rs 4 lakh. Now with this centre in place at the SCB Medical College, patients can avail the facility free of cost.

This apart, the centre will also aid the genetic examination of spondylitis, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart related diseases.

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Naba Kishore Das, Health Minister, Odisha