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Rourkela District Congress met Chief Medical Officer, RGH regarding its problems

Saturday, 04 August 2018 03:45 Written by

Report by: Rajesh Mohapatra, Odishabarta 

ROURKELA,03/08/18:A team of workers of Rourkela District Congress Committee under Rabi Ray, President and Shabbir Hussain, Working President, went to Rourkela Govt. Hospital (RGH) and met the Chief Medical officer. They informed him about different issues which need immediate attention for the patients come here for treatment. There are many vacancies of Doctors and para-medical staffs which is the major problem to provide due service to huge patient turnover on daily basis. Patients in and around 30 kms radius including outer State depends on this hospital and they come to this hospital with a hope for a better treatment with low cost but expectation remains on air than reality. X-Ray machine is available but without technician to run it. This is not all though this hospital carries the status of Capital Hospital; it acts like an Ordinary hospital. ICU is available here without proper infrastructure which is not expected. Patients are not getting sufficient medicines under Niramaya Yojana. Specialized doctors are not available in many departments hence creating crisis in medical treatment. These issues are raised by Congress members and they also alleged Juel Oram had visited the hospital and supervised different departments and wrote a letter to CM of Odisha for Govt.’s attention to this Hospital but proper follow up whether any action is being taken by the Govt. or not. Hence, party thinks none is serious about doing something for this hospital and patients as a whole. In the perspective, party has decided to carry out a huge protest in coming time if the demands are not met in proper time. The administration of the Hospital and the Govt. will be held responsible for the consequences. This press release have issued by Rabi Ray, President, District Congress committee. No doubt these issues are having genuineness but time will say how they are getting it done!!

Rayagada’s Health Delivery in Shambles in spite of Innovative Project Concepts

Friday, 03 August 2018 10:37 Written by

Report;Badal Tah,Odishabarta 

Rayagada,August 3:”Ama sankalp” literary meaning of which is “Our resolve”, an innovative health initiative in Rayagada district, was conceptualised and jointly inaugurated by  Collector Smt Guha Punam Tapas Kumar during September 2016 and meant to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates(IMR & MMR). Bike ambulances were introduced specially in Kalyan Singpur block during the year 2017 in the context of providing health services to Dangaria Kandha tribals of cut-off areas in Niyamagiri hills. Bus services were initiated this year to school students and especially women in pregnancy who were crossing the torrential streams and rivers in dangerous conditions by local made country boats, tubes, vessels. Movable/mobile medical tents were provided to inaccessible villages. Scores of impregnated bed-nets were freely distributed among villagers as a preventive  measure to combat malaria and dengue. Vaccination was conducted en-masse for Japanese Encephalitis.   

All these were good steps without proper implementation and monitoring at CHC/PHC/Sub-Centre levels. Though ama sankalp yielded some good results, other initiatives ended up in fiasco. The CDMO never agreed that there was a single death due to dengue this year though more than ten persons died of the dreaded disease after being diagnosed by renowned hospitals of the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. The ambulance bikes are dysfunctional now. The buses owned by the private parties withdrew the service citing the reason as high running & maintenance cost. 

There are 817 hard to reach villages according to the statistics provided by district administration. Eighty six numbers of movable tents for same number of inaccessible villages were purchased spending  Rs.11,13,356.00 out of District Mineral Fund of 2016-17. Ten tents have been provided to Kashipur which has highest number of inaccessible villages, ie, 150. Equal number of tents have been provided to Padmapur block where the number of hard to reach village is 33. The logic behind this distribution is best known to CDMO. Unfortunately these tents have till not reached any single village leading to criminal wastage of resources from DMF. 

There are eleven Community Health Centres(CHCs) in the district, 38 Primary Health Centres(PHCs) & 236 Sub-centres in the district. For Rayagada, the CHC is situated in Jemadeipentho which is around ten kilmeters from the district headquarters. There are five PHCs under this CHC. Khilmisguda PHC is dysfunctional according to the local medical staff. The PHC at Kerada does not have basic amenities like a single lavatory. The bed strength in the CHC is only six whereas all the PHCs under it has not a single bed. The number of sub-centres is 33. No ANM or medical staffs stay in any sub-centre of this CHC. If this is the situation of headquarter CHC, one can imagine the situation of Kalyan Singhpur, Kashipur, Chandrapur and Gudari blocks. 

Carrying the pregnant tribal women by cloth tied with bamboo sticks is still going on in Kayan Singhpur in the absence of 102/108 ambulance, which is non-responsive even after continuous phone calls by the family members of the patients. In spite of Collector’s instructions, CDMO is yet to take action in the case of Mita Sabara of Perupanga village under Padmapur block. A dibyangjan named Sri China Majhi Kadraka alias China babu of Kalyan Singhpur block is yet to get proper assistance  from the district administration in spite of order from District Collector during grievance. 

“The officers at the lower rung need to be more proactive to carry out the instructions of the Collector. They need to strictly follow-up and monitor to take corrective measures and use available resources and infrastructures on a sustainable basis. Collector can conceptualise and take lead in floating ideas; but the officers need to carry those forward in a team spirit which seems to be lacking”, said Sri Bijaya Mishra, an enterprising farmer from Munising village.


Hairy boy Kanha’s first Phase Operation begins at MKCG

Friday, 27 July 2018 03:41 Written by

Report; Pranya Panda, Odishabarta 

Berhampur,26/07/18:A six member team of doctors comprising of plastic surgeon, surgery expert, paediatrician and others of MKCG Medical College and Hospital here began the rare surgery on the six-year-old boy Kanha of Jagannathprasad in Ganjam, who is suffering from acute Congenital Hairy Nevus. 

A team consisting six expert plastic surgeons of MKCG Hospital had a wide meeting last night and discussed about the operation said Dr.Dash. 

The first phase operation is being conducted today, which will take around 2.30 to 3 hours. The hanging tissues and hairy skin on the face operated out in the first phase and the operation is success according to medical sources. 

It is a rare surgery. It will be conducted in several stages, Dr.Dash added. All the expenses of the entire operation will be borne by the government as declared by the Ganjam District Administration. 

His parents had consulted doctors at the MKCG hospital last week following which doctors admitted the boy to the plastic surgery ward. After all examinations, the operation has commenced. 

Kanha is the only son of Rama Chandra Naik of Baghua village under Jagannath Prasad block. He has been suffering a lot from acute Congenital Hairy Nevus on his face, chest, hand and leg since his birth.



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Thyroid Symposium

Saturday, 07 July 2018 07:03 Written by


Bhubaneswar dated 29th June 2018: Thyroid disorders are increasing in prevalence. There is a constantly ongoing scientific research in every field of medicine including thyroid disorders, owing to its impact on general health in females. In order to update the doctors from various fields, the endocrine society of Odisha led by its secretary Dr J B Kanwar did organize a thyroid symposium at Bhubaneswar. It was presided over by Dr P K Mishra, senior Endocrinologist, president endocrine society of Odisha. Several topics pertaining to importance of thyroid to general physicians, paediatricians, gynaecologists, surgeons and otolarlngologists were discussed by eminent endocrinologist speakers from across India and Odisha. 

Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist from Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur was invited as a guest speaker to deliver on Congenital Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism since birth). Thyroid hormone is essential for physical, mental and sexual growth of children. Congenital hypothyroidism is very common condition found in 1 in 3000 children newborn children across the globe. In fact it is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation worldwide. Most of the Western countries have already adopted universal blood testing (for thyroid disorders) of every newborn on day 3-5 after birth to rule out this easily treatable condition. Unfortunately India is yet to adapt to this. If not treated, it can present with weight gain, sleepiness, dry skin, hoarse cry, poor feeding, constipation, puffy face, dullness, enlarged tongue and umbilicus, prolonged jaundice. During childhood, it can give rise to short stature, pubertal disorder, menstrual problems and poor school performance. Treatment is in the form of tablets to be taken daily lifelong with periodic testing as per advice of treating endocrinologist. Dr Sunil and other eminent endocrinologists unanimously called upon for affirmative action from all quarters to make universal thyroid screen mandatory by Govt of India.

There were total of 8 different topics presented by other speakers as well on other aspect of thyroid disorders. Prof Dr A K Baliarsinha, Head, Endocrinology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack; Prof Dr Binay Mohanty, Head, Endocrinology, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur; Prof Dr K A V Subrahmaniam, Head, Endocrinology, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam and Prof Dr Abhay Sahu, Head, Endocrinology, IMS & SUM, Bhubaneswar were amongst other speakers for the symposium. Around 150 doctors from various stream from the twin city of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur attended the session. Prof Dr P C Sahu, senior physician from Berhampur too was invited to chair one of the session. Dr J B Kanwar, Organizing secretary, concluded the session by extending vote of thanks to all the chairpersons, speaker, audience and media personnel.

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 07:39 Written by


Berhampur: National Doctors’ day is celebrated across India on 1st July to provide honor to the most famous and legendary physician as well as 2nd Chief Minister of the West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. To commemorate this, a public meeting was organised today by Diabetes & Endocare Clinic in association with Delhi Public Senior Secondary School and Roland Junior College at the Lanjipally college campus under the supervision of endocrinologist Dr Sunil Kumar Kota. Total of 6 eminent doctors from silk city were felicitated. 

Dr Ramesh Ch Chyaupatnaik, Hon’ble MLA, Berhampur cum Chairman Ganjam District Planning Committee graced the event as the chief guest with Sri Subash Maharana, Chairman, BDA; Prof P C Sahu and Dr J Surya Rao, Chairperson and Mrs J Jayalakshmi, Dirctor, Roland group of Institutes joining the event as the guests of honour. The following 6 senior doctors of Berhampur were felicitated by reading out the citations, presentation of shawl and floral bouquet to acknowledge their sincere, dedicated and selfless patient care. The doctors include Prof Dr Harihara Patnaik, Anesthesiologist, Dr V R Raju, senior physician, Prof Dr Subhadra Mangu, Gynecologist; Prof Dr K T Subudhi, Surgeon; Prof Dr Ajit Kar, Pediatrician and Prof Dr K E P Subudhi, Anesthetist,. All the senior doctors and the revered guests unanimously appealed to the doctor community to provide selfless and dedicated service to the society. 

Sri Prasant Patra, Secretary, Principal of Roland Institutes Sri B N Patnaik, Dr Srikant Mohapatro and Dr T Tripathy; Members of different clubs including Rotary, Lions. Senior citizens, Laughing, JCI, Y’s Men, NTR Seva Samiti, Walker, Mahan Sangha, Sanskarbadi and Friends helping club; and other doctors graced the session. Total of around 150 people from different walks of life attended the ceremony as a mark of honour to the doctors. The guests and the doctors congratulated Dr Sunil Kumar Kota for successful conduct of such an event and blessed him with long life. Lastly Dr Sruti Jammula concluded the session by extending vote of thanks to all the people concerned for their valuable contribution and presence.

Odisha to set up 20 hospitals under ‘Affordable Healthcare Project’

Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:36 Written by


Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide better healthcare facility, the Odisha Government today announced to establish 20 hospitals in the state on public-private partnership (PPP) mode under ‘Affordable Healthcare Project’. 

The healthcare centres will open in hub & spoke model. While some hospitals will work as central/hub hospital, others will function as branch/spoke hospital, a release issued by Chief Minister’s office read. 

As many as 11 districts, on the parameter of priority basis, have been involved in the scheme following the State Government’s Health Sector Investment Policy – 2016. 

The total bed capacity at the initial stage would be around 27,000 that will fill up 56% of non-availability of hospital beds in the state. 

All the 20 hospitals will be provided NABH accreditation and 50% of the sanctioned bed will be available in the general word. 

The places selected to establish the hospitals are – Puri, Jaypore, Barbil, Angul, Baripada, Bhadrak, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Phulbani, Dhenkanal, Boudh, Nuapada, Maljangiri, Nabarangour, Subarnapur, Rayagada, Paralakhemundi, Rairangpur and Kendrapara. 

While all insurance and assurance schemes of the State Government will be available in these hospitals, the selected category patients will also get benefits of various government schemes. 

It is expected that it will bring investment of at least Rs 1000 Crs in private health sector and open an opportunity for 10,000 direct employments in the state.





Monday, 11 June 2018 09:35 Written by


Berhampur Dated 10th June 2018: On account of recent celebration of 25th Mat as World Thyroid day, Berhampur district police in association with Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur today has organised an awareness session at DIG- southern range office conference hall. 

 DIG Sri Ashish K Singh, inaugurated the event presided over later on by Sri Kandarpa Behera, Addl SP. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, consultant endocrinologist from Diabetes and Endocare Clinic, participated as the chief speaker/ resource person. The event was attended by police officials of Berhampur district police and DIG office, their family.  Dr Sunil explained to the audience about causes, symptoms and treatment of various thyroid disorders. 

Now 12% of total Indian population are affected with Thyroid disorders. Earlier the cause was iodine deficiency, now these are predominantly due to autoimmune imbalance. These are seen 5 times more commonly in females. Hypothyroidism is a state associated with low thyroid hormone levels in the body. It presents with weight gain, body aches, dry skin, tiredness, hair fall, constipation, irregular menses, infertility and depression. Hyperthyoridism denotes high thyroid hormone levels in body and presents with weight loss, trembling of hands, palpitation, feeling of excess heat, sweating, repeated motions, redness of eyes. Sometimes a swelling in front of the neck can be there called as goiter. It can affect newborns, growing children with impaired mental, physical and sexual growth. Thyroid testing should ideally be done in all pregnant ladies to avoid complications. Treatment is in the form of tablets, radio iodine therapy, surgery etc. Dr Sunil emphasized upon the fact that timely treatment and periodic follow up with doctor prevents the complications. An educational leaflet on Thyroid disorders was distributed amongst the audience during the meeting. Subsequently, approximately 150 police personnel were subjected to free thyroid blood test. 

Finally Dr Sunil stressed on the fact that the following group of people should undergo thyroid blood testing: Every pregnant lady and newborn children, all ladies, all males over 50 years of age, those having family history and those having Diabetes, Hyprtension, Cholesterol Problems, Obesity etc. Berhampur Town SDPO Sri Pravat Routray lauded the efforts by Dr Sunil to educate both doctors and general public and requested Dr Kota to further carry on with his awareness activities for people from various sectors. Amongst others, Vigilance Addl SP Sri Santanu Padhy, DSP Sri Ajaya Mishra and RI Sri Madhusudan Mahapatra graced the event.

Launching of newer drug for treatment of Diabetes at Berhampur

Monday, 04 June 2018 09:01 Written by


Berhampur: Seven crore Indian people are suffering from Diabetes. The existing set of oral antidiabetic drugs help to control sugars in the initial phase. As the duration of diabetes progresses, the beta cells of pancreas which produce insulin gradually degenerate making it difficult for the existing drugs to reduce sugars in advanced stage. To bring down the rising blood sugars in these cases, there are several newer drugs being scientifically developed. An academic meeting was held yesterday to launch one such newer drug GLYXAMBI for the first time in Berhampur. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist from Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur was the chief speaker for the event, chaired by senior physician Prof Dr P C Sahu, Ex Head of the Dept, Gen Medicine, MKCG Medical College. Dr Kota highlighted the usage pattern, efiicacy and safety profile this of drug to the audience. 

 GLYXAMBI is a fixed dose combination of 2 molecules ie EMPAGLIFLOZIN, a SGLT2 receptor inhibitor and LINAGLIPTIN, a DPP4 inhibitor. SGLT2 receptors are located in the kidney tubules, help in entry of glucose from urine into blood. Empagliflozin blocks these SGLT2 receptors and prevents absorption of glucose into blood leading to excretion of around 80 grams glucose through urine per day. It reduces blood glucose even in long standing diabetics, where other drugs tend to fail. It has additional advantages of reduction of body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, avoidance of hypoglycaemia. Recent scientific study EMPAREG has demonstrated significant reduction of cardiovascular complications and mortality in patients taking Empagliflozin. Linaglitptin, a DPP4 enzyme inhibitor increases blood level of an incretin hormone, namely GLP 1. This GLP 1 acts on pancreatic beta cells to produce insulin and prevents their degeneration in advanced diabetes. The combination drug ie GLYXAMBI improves kidney health and reduces of insulin requirement for diabetes treatment. Additionally there is greater reduction of body weight and blood pressure with far better sugar control than the individual drugs used alone. 

Total of around 60 doctors from MKCG Medical college and private practitioners of Berhampur attended the session. Renowned doctors like Prof Sarat Ch Mohanty, prof Saroj Panda, Dr Pramod Patnaik also graced the occasion. Dr Sunil Kota concluded the session by question and answer on GLYXAMBI, with the audience.

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