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Odisha CM Launches 4 Health Care Services For General Public


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19 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launched 4 health care services programmes for the benefit of the general public in view of the goals of universal health coverage and in order to reduce their pocket expenditure.

1: Free diagnostic services “Nidaan” has been announced by State Government.

Under “Nidaan” the identified diagnostic services and dialysis services being presently run by the government through its own system will be provided free of cost to all patients from 1st January 2018. Subsequently, these will be augmented with additional diagnostics services to be provided free of cost in selected public health facilities.

The diagnostic services under “Nidaan” include general pathology service and 15 types of high end pathology tests, CT Scan, MRI and tele-radiology of x-rays (digitization and reporting) both through own system and PPP mode in identified government facilities.

List of assured services for all category of health institution out to sub centre have been finalised, covering all minimum essential services.

The CT scan services will be available at 9 DHHs (Mayurbjanj, Baleswar, Koraput, Angul, Keonjhar, Puri, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir) and MRI services at 4 DHHs (Angul, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Puri) in the first phase.

Similarly, tele-radiology of x-ray (digitization and reporting) services will be made at 149 selected facilities, where x-ray machines are available and radiologists are in position.

2: Free dialysis services “Sahay” will be provided free of cost to all patients at all government facilities where the same is being provided, either through own system of PPP mode.

3: Thirdly, there was launch of additional services in urban health facilities under “Ama Clinic” to provide comprehensive primary health care to the urban population in general and particularly the urban poor.

Under “Ama Clinic” the packages of services will be rendered in the OPD timings at 85 UPHCs in 27 cities in a phased manner. These specialist services include obstetrics and gynaecology, paedriatric, nutritionist, medicine, geriatric, adolescent services, psychiatric services, ophthalmology, and physiotherapy services. The other services under Ama Clinic are diagnostic services, drugs and family planning services.

4: Fourthly, the Health and Family Welfare department of Odisha has geared up to implement the digital India vision at grass root level by equipping the ANMs with the latest technology of tablet computer based ANMOL (ANM on line) application, which is an android based application developed to facilitate seamless work of ANMs as well as ensuring collection of good quality data and its digitization at its source.

The ANMOL application will be implemented in 17 districts in the first phase, It will help in real time tracking and real time service provision to the beneficiearies in the long run and prove to bring better health care services to all registered pregnant women, mothers and newborns in the State.

Finally, the efforts of 15 districts under SAMMPurNA were evaluated and the best performing districts were given the award by CM for IMR and MMR reduction.

Nabrangpur bagged the 1st position for best performance in reduction of IMR followed by Keonjhar. Similarly, Kalahandi bagged the award for best performance in reduction of MMR followed by Bolangir.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Pratap Jena, Minister, Health, Odisha