Ganjam (Luhajhara)11/09/18:Tata Steel in association with its CSR wing, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) organized a one day free Mega Health Camp along with Awareness campaign on good Health at Luhajhar Gram Panchayat office under Rangailundha block on September 11, Tuesday. The objective of the camp was to provide specialized health care services to the community and create awareness about good health. Mrs. D Damayanti Reddy, Sarapancha, Luhajhara and Mr. Binod Mahakuda, Samitisabhya, Luhajhara, inaugurated the Health Camp.
More than 500 patients from villages of Sindhigaon, Badapur, Patrapur, Paikapada, Sitalapalli, Madua and Tata Steel Rehabilitation Colony nearby areas were benefitted from the day long Health Camp. Free medicines were provided along with consultation by specialist doctors from MKCG Medical College and MEDICA Hospital. Doctors across disciplines like Dr. Swarup Mallik, Medicine, Dr. Santi Priya Murmu, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Rina Mehera, Pediatric and Dr. Madhusudana Panda, Medical Officer of MEDICA Hospital attended to the patients. Apart from free health check-up and medicines, 132 people under went eye check up by Miss E Kameswari, Chief Vison Care Technician of Sankar Eye Hospital among which 36 patients were detected for cataract operation and will be operated soon at Sankara Eye Hospital, Samarjhola through financial assistance offered by Tata Steel Rural Development Society. The pathological tests were also conducted for 85 diabetic patients.
Mr Rajender Kumar Singh, Head R&R and Administration along with all officers of Tata Steel and TSRDS and Mr Nalini Kanta Raut of Sankar Eye Hospital were present in the function.
Berhampur, 31st Aug 2018: In India around 10-12% of people has asymmetric swelling of thyroid gland called as nodules. In order to scientifically update the surgeons of Southern Odisha about these disorders, Silk City surgeons club in association with PG department of General Surgery, MKCG Medical College did organize a workshop at Christian Hospital premises. Dr Sudhansu Sekhar Mohanty, Associate Professor, Dept of General Surgery presided over the meet. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Endocrinologist from Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur was invited as the resource person cum chief speaker. Dr Kota explained about the causes, Symptoms, complications and treatment of the thyroid nodules to the audience.
Thyroid nodules are asymmetric enlargement of a part of thyroid gland. They are more commonly seen in iodine deficient areas, females and elderly people. Around 5-7% of these nodules can be cancerous calling for timely and proper management of these conditions. All nodules are subjected to Thyroid function test (ie T3, T4 & TSH). Based on the results, ultrasound neck or some radionuclide studies are done. Sometimes CT and MRI scan may be needed. These tests further guide requirement of FNAC (Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology). Dr Kota explained that, all these results combined together determine the treatment and follow up of a particular nodule. A variety of surgery and non surgical methods (like alcohol injection, radio frequency ablation, thermal ablation) are available for treatment. Around 70 surgeons and post graduate students engaged Dr Kota in an interactive question and answer session at the end, which lead to abolition of several myths.
Taking this opportunity, Dr Kota invited all the surgeons to the 2nd annual South Odisha Thyroid Symposium to be organized by Diabetes & Endocare Clinic on 16th September at IMA Hall, Berhampur. The symposium shall have presentations on 9 different aspects of Thyroid disorders to cater to around 300 doctors of South Odisha. Dr Siba Prasad Patnaik, secretary, silk city surgeons profusely thanked Dr Kota for his teaching and requested him to participate in more such academic fora to teach the students about various endocrine disorders. Lastly Prof Dr Rasananda Mangual, Head, Dept of Surgery, MKCG Medical College felicitated Dr Sunil Kota with a token of appreciation. Dr Minal Nanda, chief surgeon, Christian Hospital concluded the session by extending vote of thanks to all concerned.
Rayagada, August 31: At a time of deficit in the cleanliness and hygiene in the two hundred bedded district headquarters hospital at Rayagada, Utkal Alumina International Limited(UAIL) of Doraguda, Tikiri, an unit of HINDALCO has donated 2100 colour coded bed sheets to strengthen its accessorial crunch.
In the presence of CDMO, ADMOs, CDPOs, these quality bed sheets were distributed by UAIL functionaries like Sri T M Prakash, Asstt Vice President(HR & IR), Sri Siba Sankar Mahapatra, DGM(CSR), DR.Rajinder Mandal, Manager, Medical, Sri Brajabidhu Chhatoi, Manager(HT & IR) under the guidance of Sri N Nagesh, Unit Head & President of UAIL, Tikiri. This facet of the corporate social responsibility of the company has been applauded by the local denizens.
“Not only it has crunch in accessories like bed sheets, but also there is a dearth of human resources like doctors and other para-medical staff. Though the huge medical infrastructure was inaugurated none other than the CM Nabeen Pattanaik, it is now extremely ill managed as the monitoring mechanism is weak. In this context, aftercare of these bed sheets, which is the sole responsibility of the hospital management, is a serious concern”, said Sri Ajay Rath, a youth volunteer helping destitute patients in need.
Magnifying glass needed to read name of medicine on medicine-strip: Make it compulsory to print strips with name of medicine coming on every tablet-capsuleWednesday, 29 August 2018 09:32 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,29/08/18:Recently I purchased in emergency four tablets cut from a strip of ten of the medicine Zolfresh-5. But I was shocked that the name of medicine printed on side of the cut-strip was printed in so tiny letters that I had to use magnifying-glass to confirm name of the medicine. It may be that the total strip of ten might have Zolfresh-5 printed once on the strip in readable size. But problem arises in case of remaining tablets to be used later in need when the cut-strip is left either without name of the medicine or name printed in unreadable size.
It should be made compulsory to print name of the medicine on complete strip over every tablet-capsule. Moreover, it should also be compulsory to print-emboss name of the medicine individually on each tablet-capsule. Alternatively, system can be formulated wherein name of medicine is printed all over on background of the packing-foil, with all other details printed in a darker tone over the packing-foil with name of medicine all over the strip in background like once used to be for Crocin.
Metric-system of packaging in medicines in true spirit should be introduced by making it compulsory to pack medicines in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 or 500 gms-mltrs-kgs-litres units unless exemption is sought for some dose-wise administration. Many drug-manufacturers pack even commonly used cough-lozenges in strips of eight instead of normal ten because consumers judge price per strip rather than a lozenge.
Branded medicines at 20-percent discount be sold at all government hospitals like is done by many chemistsWednesday, 29 August 2018 08:37 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,29/08/18:Wholesale traders in biggest wholesale-market for medicines namely Bhagirath Palace in Delhi have started competing by selling all branded medicines in retail at 20-percent discount on printed Maximum-Retail-Price even for single medicine-strips. Even in other retail markets, many chemists have started selling branded medicines at discounts ranging from 10 to 15 percent even without customer asking for the discount. Many retail-chemists have even mentioned on their sign-boards about such discounts.
Since reduction in profit-margin is not feasible because of trade-requirements in remote and rural areas, central and state governments in all their hospitals at least in urban-areas where distributor-network of medicine-companies exists, should invite tenders from desiring chemists to open shops in hospital-premises where they may sell branded medicines at 20-percent discount. Since such a discount is being given without even being asked in many markets, it will generate extra income for governments by allotment of shops through tender-process. Since generic medicines have MRP at even four times the wholesale price, suggested shops should be allowed to sell only branded medicines.
Central government should take immediate steps top fix maximum trade-margin over ex-factory price at least for generic medicines. Such heavy trade-margin tends to induce corruption in government-purchase of medicines apart from depriving common persons to get generic medicines at cheaper prices.
Paralakhemundi,29/08/18:Leading NGO, CRS on collaboration with SWAD organized a Workshoponp on Maternity Care at Mohana block of Gajapati district.Speaking on the occasion Mr.Bansidhar Khosla Block Development Officer of Mohana block stressed the need of convergence with NGO & ICDS to reach 100% safe delivery of women & also avoid mal-nutrition of both lactating mothers & new born babies.Premananda Behera of SWAD & Rajashree Purohit of CRS presented on their intervention of health & nutritional care in 18 interior villages of Mohana block.Besides that regular check up & counseling with updation through VHND to sensitize community & SHG Women Members as the Prime safety of motherhood.Mrs.Padmasekhari Sahu intervened on various strategies to reach short term goals to avoid mal-nutrition among both mother & babies.Kabita Nayak AWW of Bhalipunka & AWW of Hadupadar shared their experiences.Fr.Jamal conveyed vote of thanks.
Bhubaneswar,25/08/18:The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu has said that doctors must be trained to be more sensitive towards the sufferings of patients.
He was addressing the first convocation of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today.
The Vice President asked the doctors to be abreast with modern methods and latest trends in their fields of specialization. He further said that they should focus on disciplines such as family and community medicine. This will help in providing comprehensive health care for people of all ages in families and communities, he added.
The Vice President said that schemes such as ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ or the ‘National Health Protection Scheme’ will be a game-changer in terms of accessing healthcare services in India. He asked doctors to give their best to make these schemes a success so that no needy or deserving person is denied medical treatment at the right time.
The Vice President said that Medical Education curriculum has to be constantly updated by including the latest developments and methods of treatment.
The Vice President said that there is shortage of physicians, other specialists and nurses in the country and stressed on the need to increase the number of medical colleges and also expand medical services to every nook and corner of the country. The government is doing its best in this regard, the corporate sector and NGOs must come forward to supplement the efforts of the government, he added.
The Vice President said that it is a matter of concern that the absence of qualified medical practitioners is making people to go to quacks. We need to overcome the acute shortage of health providers as also the infrastructure in rural areas, he added.
Highlighting on the need to accord priority to primary healthcare and tertiary healthcare, the Vice President said that there is a need to increase the number of doctors available at health care centres residing in rural areas. It should be mandatory for young doctors to serve at least two-three years in rural areas before considering promotions for them, he added.
The Vice President lauded the contributions of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who laid foundation for the institution and remembered his memories with the leader.
The Governor of Odisha, Ganeshi Lal, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare J.P. Nadda, the Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Odisha, Pratap Jena and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Balasore,25/08/18:Union Minister of Health JP Nadda laying the foundation-stone for the Balasore Satellite Centre of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar here on Saturday.
Nadda said the satellite centre would be turned into a super specialty hospital in a phased manner. Urging the Odisha Government to adopt the Ayushman Bharat scheme, he said the scheme is a unique one which could be availed by rural people as well as people of urban areas of certain categories and it would benefit 55 crore people of over 10 crore families.
The Central Government would bear the cost of treatment up to Rs 5 lakh in the empanelled hospitals across India and the service under the scheme is paperless and cashless, he said. He lamented that the Odisha Government is not inclined to be part of such a scheme.
“Since a large number of people from Odisha migrate to other States for jobs, the Ayushman Bharat scheme would be a boon for them as one can avail treatment facilities. The beneficiary would get a unique identity number and hassle-free treatment facilities would be given once enrolled under the scheme.
The Odisha Government should consider the scheme in large perspectives in the interest of people of the State,” said Nadda. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also emphasised about the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar Director Gitajali Batmanbane informed that the satellite centre is the first in India of any AIIMS after New Delhi.