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Odisha CM Launches District Palliative Care Programme

07 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched District Palliative Care Programme.

The programme was launched through video conferencing with District Collectors and Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) at a function at Lok Seva Bhawan here.

Facility-based palliative care services will be now available to patients at district level health institutions including Capital Hospital and RGH Rourkela.

Both in-patient and out-patient services will be provided under the programme.

In-patient services include free specialist consultation, training to the caregiver, free drugs & consumables, free physiotherapy,  counselling, spiritual healing, emergency care services, nutrition support, patient follow-up etc.

Similarly, out-patient services include regular consultation by trained medical staff(primary, secondary and tertiary health care services), training to the caregiver, free drugs & consumables, free physiotherapy, counselling to patient & family, referrals to higher health facilities(palliative care centre).

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that palliative care programme will play a significant role in realisation of the motto of our government 'Sustha Odisha Sukhi Odisha'.

District headquarters hospitals will have six bedded palliative care units in each district which will provide facility-based palliative care services.

As many as 10 districts have been provided with Rs 10.25 lakh each for infrastructure development and 39 Medical Officers and 42 Staff Nurses already trained in palliative care will provide services at these Centres in 30 DHH, RGH Rourkela and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar.

Induction and refresher Training of Medical Officers and Staff Nurses and Counselors will be taken up regularly to increase proficiency of staffs.

Trained Medical Officers and Staff Nurses are in place for rendering services.

The Chief Minister said, "It has also been decided to start home-based Palliative Care in Nabarangpur district within the next two months, which will be scaled up to all the districts. Subsequently, Palliative Care Services will also be available for terminally ill patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Diseases, Stroke, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Hemiplegia, Paralysis, HIV/AIDS etc."

The Chief Minister also unveiled the logo of Palliative Care for the branding of the facilities.  

Expressing happiness over the programme, Adivsor to State Government on Cancer Care Dr Dinesh Pendarkar said that Odisha will soon find its glorious place in the global map of Cancer Care.

It may be recalled here that in May 2017, the Chief Minister had launched District Cancer Care Programme. Under this initiative, till date, more than 30,000 Cancer patients have received consultation and 14,000 patients have received Chemotherapy Cycles in District Day Care Cancer Chemotherapy Centres. The Government of Odisha is providing 86 types of Anti-Cancer Drugs free of cost and all investigations are being provided free to all Cancer patients under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

Naba Kishore Das, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Odisha