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Odisha To Have ‘New Health Policy’, E-Hospital Management, Doctor Surplus State In 2 Yrs


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10 June 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: Presiding over his first ever review meeting, new Health Minister Naba Kishore Das today informed that Odisha is going to have a new Health Policy Vision 2025 in which all the government-run hospitals will have e-hospital management and also reiterated that our State will be doctor surplus in the next two years.

He also asserted that every activity by the department will be done in a time-bound manner.

Soon after the maiden review meeting, the Health Minister informed media, “There wasn’t a health policy in Odisha. We are going to have a new health policy and it’s Vision 2025. We would now stick to see what should be done by us in 100 days. It will be reviewed by me everyday.”

He added, “The first one is Odisha e-hospital management. The information system will be strengthened. We have laid down a guideline. We have 384 CHCs, 1318 PHCs, seven medical colleges in 32 health districts. All will have e-hospital management in which the people will reap the benefits. Data will be stored like AIIMS and big hospitals in other states. It will help in making better our healthcare services.”

On the benefits to be reaped by the citizens, the Health Minister elucidated, “Generating electronic health record of every patient visiting the hospitals. Reducing out pocket expenditure patients were providing. Enhance clinical care service. Maintaining the clinic care history of all the patients. A patient can easily know about the history of his/her diseases.”

“Thus, we have planned for a new system in our Health Department. We have issued a time limit to both the ongoing and future constructions for completion. We have to go very fast. Hence I think and reiterate that Odisha will be a doctor surplus State,” he announced.

He further informed, “We will be conducting timely review of all the matters. All concerned have been given time limit. I’m very hopeful that the Health Department will be improved by such follow-up actions.”

“As pilot projects, we have taken up Capital Hospital and Cuttack SCB Medical. Within six months it will be done while the rest will be done in the next one and half years,” he revealed.            

Responding to media queries, he explained, “Today we have seven medical colleges. Within the next two years, there will be some more new DHHs in our State. Hence, it’ll take time and we can’t change the Health Department overnight.”

“Because you see, doctors are respectable persons. In our new health policy, we will be introducing new incentives so that our doctors won’t go outside Odisha. Thus, it will take some time to make all the plans,” the Health Minister averred.

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Naba Kishore Das, Minister, Health, Odisha