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Odisha Inks MoU For 102 Digital Dispensaries In 23 Districts


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22 January 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: In view of the success of the of Digital Dispensaries in the pilot phase, Odisha Government today decided to scale up the model to another 102 locations across 23 districts of the State and thus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

Today the agreement was signed with M/s Global Healthcare Systems (P) Ltd. for the 23 districts for Operation and Management of the 102 Digital Dispensaries.

Addressing the significant occasion, the Chief Minister said, “The State Government has been making sincere efforts to make healthcare accessible and affordable. We have decided to use technology to bring the services of the doctor to the doorstep of the people in difficult areas through digital dispensaries.”

He informed, “Last year, 37 dispensaries were started in Nabarangpur and Keonjhar districts on a pilot basis. This model has received positive response with over one lakh patients receiving free healthcare till date. In fact we are globally said providing comprehensive digital dispensaries.”

“I’m happy to announce this model has been enhanced to 102 digital dispensaries across 25 districts of the State. This will bring primary healthcare services to the doorstep of the people of the difficult areas of the State helping in fulfilling our vision for a healthy and happy Odisha,” stated the Chief Minister.

As per the H&FW press note, each digital dispensary has provision for an MBBS doctor consultation through video conference facility. In addition, a pharmacist. nurse, laboratory assistant and support staff are in place in each dispensary. The dispensaries are equipped with minimum set of investigations such as routine testing of urine, blood, haemoglobin, blood sugar, malaria, dengue, BP, ECG. sP02, pregnancy detection etc, and a pharmacy facility with dispensing of generic medicine.

All these services are provided free of cost to the people, under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), further stated the press note. The Digital Dispensaries model to another102 locations across 23 districts of the State are namely Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundargarh.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Pratap Jena, Minister, H&FW, Odisha

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Sabahat Azim, CEO, Glocal Health Care Systems