CM, Odisha launches 600 Crs Universal Eye Care programme
Bhubaneswar,12/10/17:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched a free Universal Eye Care programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which aims at minimizing the number of people with curable vision impairment in the state on the occasion of World Sight Day.
Addressing the programme, Naveen said the initiative would go a long way in controlling curable blindness and added that an institutional mechanism has been made for screening and providing free treatment to all people with curable eye problems.
“Odisha is the first state in the country to have launched such a programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which will be borne by the State Government in the next five years”, said Naveen.
The State Government will establish vision centres equipped with improvised eye care facilities initially at all the Community Health Centres (CHCs) and later on at Public Health Centres (PHCs) or even at sub-centre level to cover the entire population in the state.
Requisite trained manpower would be made available to make this programme a success, Naveen said.
All cataract cases would get free operation facility and appropriate glasses, Patnaik said, adding that maximum number of people suffering from corneal blindness would regain vision through corneal transplant surgeries free of cost.
A massive screening programme would be undertaken to detect diabetic retinopathy and other serious eye problems, while patients would be provided free treatment at government hospitals.
School students would be screened for refractive errors and other eye problems and they would be given spectacles free of cost in the school itself.
Health Minister Pratap Kumar Jena said those who have lost vision due to cataract and diabetic retinopathy would be given free treatment and students would be accorded priority under the programme.
Meanwhile, Patnaik also launched a health web portal where people with eye problems can register.
Naveen announces Rs. 500/- aid ; Suparno Criticises
Bhubaneswar: While the Voluntary Blood Donation Day is on 1st of October, the Government of Odisha decided to hold an event at Soochana Bhawan here on 13th of October.
On the occasion CM Naveen felicitated MLA Debashis Samantray the Convener of Jiban Bindu and Ex MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik President Aama Odisha for conducting highest and second highest blood donation camps.
On the occasion CM announced an aid of Rs. 500/- for patients who need regular blood transfusions. Patients suffering with Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Sickle cell etc.
Post the event Chairman of SNSMT Suparno Satpathy put out two tweet on the same and they are being talked about in the intellectual masses. Suparno in one tweet pointed out the correct date of Voluntary Blood Donation Day as 1 Oct not 13 Oct and he appreciated Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and the efforts of Aama Odisha for blood collection. In a follow up tweet Suparno criticised the inadequacy of the announced aid for blood ailment patients.
Health and Family Welfare Minister of Odisha Pratap Jena was present on the occasion.
Conjoined twin condition is unwell: Health Minister
Bhubaneswar,19/10/17:The condition of Jaga, one of the conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia from Kandhamal district, who are presently awaiting a second-phase cranial separation surgery, is unwell at the AIIMS in New Delhi.
Health Minister Pratap Jena confirmed on Wednesday that the duo has been kept under observation and after their condition improves a decision on the next phase of the surgery will be taken by the doctors.
“We have contacted a renowned surgeon from the United States who is a pioneer in cranial separation surgery. The State Government will bear the expenditure necessary for the surgery,” Jena said.
Earlier the doctors had informed that the second phase surgery of the twins was scheduled to be performed in mid-October. The operation was postponed since the duo was suffering from acute blood shortage.
World Record in Surgery; Success of Conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia
CM praises extraordinary work by Odia doctors
Bhubaneswar,26/10/17:Good news for the people of Odisha, the surgery of Kandhamal’s conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia was reportedly been successful to separate the twins who had undergone the second phase of cranial separation surgery for over 12 hours today at the AIIMS, New Delhi.
This has been informed by Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena that the condition of the separated twins is stable and the surgery which was expected to last for over 24 hours, only took 12 hours and it was successful to separate the twins.
It seems as the surgery of the conjoined twins went successful for the prayers been offered by the people of Odisha for which the duo’s condition is stable.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also greeted the team of doctors for their successful surgery of the twins and offered prayers before Lord Jagannath for the speedy recovery of Jaga-Kalia.
It was earlier thought that the operation would last at least 24 hours or more, but it took only 12 hours to successfully separate the duo.
Conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia’s Anaesthesia started at 6.00 a.m and surgery at 9.30 a.m on Wednesday. There were 20 surgeons and 10 anesthesiologists during the 16 hours surgery and 20 hours anaesthesia, informed AIIMS, New Delhi, in a press conference.
The team was led by Prof. A.K Mohapatra, Chief of Neurosciences Centre and Professor of Neurosurgery at AIIMS, including 4 faculties from Neurosurgery, 3 faculties Neuroanaesthesia and 3 faculties from Cardiac Anaesthesia and more than 20 residents of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery and Neuroanesthesia.
The twins were separated around 8.45 p.m and for covering the brain and use of skin flap and graft took 4-5 hours. One of the babies was shifted to ICU at 11.45 p.m and another baby at 2.30 a.m.
Both the babies are stable and kept in ICU under the care of Neuroanesthesia, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Critical care, Cardiac Anaesthesia, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Nephrology and Pediatric Neurology.
It was a teamwork of 40 doctors, 20 nurses and many others, paramedical staff.
Four Odia doctors AK Mahapatra, Mihir Prakash Pandia, Girija Prasad Rath and Sambhu Nath Das were in the team of doctors that conducted the separation surgery of the Kandhamal’s conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Meanwhile, CM Naveen Patnaik has praised the extraordinary work by Dr AK Mahapatra & team in separation surgery of conjoined Jaga & Kalia at AIIMS.
There will be no constraint in assistance for the twins for who is praying, said CM.
Diabetes Awareness Rally by Diabetes & Endocare Clinic at Berhampur
Berhampur,14/11/17:On the occasion of National Pharmacy Week and World Diabetes day, Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur lead by Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist, has organized a Diabetes awareness rally at Berhampur. Around 200 participants registered for the event, where Sri Ghanshyam Upadhyay, IG, Southern range was the chief guest with Smt K Madhavi, Mayor, Berhampur Municipal Corporation; Sri Sidhharth Shankar Swain, SubCollector, Berhampur; Dr Saroj Mishra, CDMO, Ganjam; Sri Sanatan Panda, District Education Officer, Ganjam and Smt J Jayalakshmi, Chairperson, Roland Institutes as the guests of honour. Sri Ghanshyam Upadhyay highlighted the importance of regular exercise and proper lifestyle in maintaining healthy life both in diabetics and non diabetics. Sri S S Swain stressed upon diet control and a regulated life style. Mrs K Madhavi highlighted the theme of this year as “Women and Diabetes” and called upon the ladies to take care of themselves for greater good of the society. Addressing the gathering, Dr Kota underscored the theme of the event ie “Walk for Healthy Life”. Exercise is the corner stone of diabetes management, which helps insulin to discharge its duty even better and lower the sugar. Additionally exercise is helpful in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and improving cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) function. Daily 30-45 minutes of brisk walk is essential. This is ideally achieved by covering a distance of 4-5 km over a period of 45-60 minutes. Dr Kota further elaborated that this can be accumulated in short bouts of walks carried out 2-3 times/ day with each bout consisting of a minimum of 10-15 minutes at a stretch. The elderly people who frequently have knee problems can undergo upper body exercises like banging of hands, rolling over from side to side etc. Dr M E Bhanoji Rao, Principal, Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences stressed upon the theme of this year’s National Pharmacy week “Know you medicines; Ask your pharmacist” and called upon budding pharmacists and the people at large to always be vigilant on self medication and unnecessary therapy.
An awareness video on Diabetes by Dr Sunil Kota was presented to the guests and was dedicated to the society. Dr Saroj Mishra later on thanked Dr Sunil for his tremendous efforts to build up awareness among the people of Berhampur. Dr Kota further thanked the guests and others for their active participation. Later on, guests flagged off the walk, where people participated with a uniform dress code conveying the theme and carried blue coloured balloons 7 placards carrying the message of diabetes and pharmacy week. The rally started from Ramalingam Tank Road and proceeded through SNT Road, Giri Market, Sanobazaar, Powell street, Diamond Tank Road and BeMC road. Around 2000 diabetes educational pamphlets were distributed amongst the passing by people during the rally. Some other dignitaries like Dr E Padmanabha Rao, President, IMA; Dr Sarat Chandra Mahanty, President, RSSDI, Odisha State Chapter; Dr B N R Subudhi, Head, Ophthalmology, MKCG Medical College and Dr M E Bhanoji Rao, Principal, Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences too graced the occasion.
National Conference of Clinical Cardiologists Organised by IACC
Bhubaneswar,17/11/17:The Odisha chapter of Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists today has organized 8th national conference at Hotel Hindustan International, Bhubaneswar. It is a 3 days scientific fiesta covering around 50 different aspects of clinical cardiology. Around 500 delegates from across the country registered for the event. Several international and national experts from various fields like cardiology, endocrinology and nephrology were invited as guest speakers.
Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, eminent Consultant Endocrinologist from Diabetes & Endocare Clinic was the sole guest speaker from South Odisha. He was invited to deliver on usage of a special group of molecule ie DPP4 inhibitors in different sub population. The DPP4 inhibitors are a novel way of type 2 diabetes management. They are not associated with traditional side effects of other antidiabetic drugs like weight gain and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). They have other beneficial effects like reducing BP, Cholesterol, protecting heart and kidneys of a diabetic patient. These drugs can be used safely both in young and elderly diabetics, even in patients with heart, kidney and liver impairment. These are one such molecules which can prevent beta cell decline (which produce insulin in our body) if used early on during treatment of diabetes. Later the audience engaged Dr Sunil in form of an interactive session, where Dr Kota cleared the queries of the audience about its usage. The organizing team included Padmabhushan Dr Devi Prasad Setty from Bangalore, Padmashree Dr G Vijayraghvan fromTamilnadu and Dr Mahendra Prasad Tripathy, Director CARE Hospitals, Bhubaneswar. Finally the organizers felicitated Dr Sunil with a memento of appreciation.
Slit Blind Girl’s Throat, DLSA Committee Visits MKCG
Report;Manoj Kant Dash
Berhampur,22/12/17:A visually-challenged minor girl was found with her throat slit after she was attacked by miscreants at Puhundi village under the Jarada police station in Ganjam district on Monday night.In a critical condition the girl was admitted to the MKCG Medical College Hospital and she is not in a position to speak as her vocal cord had been affected in the attack, doctors attending on her said.
Locals said the girl was abstaining from school owing to illness for the past few days. On the fateful night, not finding her in the bedroom, the family members searched frantically for her. Later, they found her lying in a pool of blood with throat slit in a nearby house. They immediately rushed her to hospital and informed the police and the team rush to the Spot.
Getting the information Berhampur SP,Asish Singh who visited the spot and personally monitoring the case. Instructed to use intelligence team to produce the fact at an earliest.
Over telephone SP,Singh said,It was suspected that the girl was raped, after which the culprits tried to kill her(!).Preliminary investigation revealed that her throat was slit in an attempt to kill her.
Additional superintendent of police of Berhampur, Trinath Patel along with the scientific police team and sniffer dog squad rushed to the spot for investigation. "Though the miscreants tried to kill the visually challenged girl by slitting her throat, the alleged rape attempt will be known only after medical examination,"
On the day of incident what the family members stated that the victim along with her brother, who is also a visually impaired and their mother were sleeping in a room in their house. In the early hours when the girl's mother could not locate her, she rushed to look for her. She found the back door of the house unlocked and the girl lying outside in a pool of blood.
On Friday the DLSA team lead by District Judge,Ganjam Mr Malay Ranjan Das,Secretary Gundicha Samantasinghar,Para Volunteers (PLV) Mamita Dalei and Chandrama Pradhan visited MKCG Hospital to see the health condition of the Victim. Dr Charan Panda, Superitendent, MKCG who joined with the team.Dr Panda appraised to the Chairman the condition of the Victim was very critical but our doctor’s team are engaged full time for her treatment.
Mr Das,District Judge directs to MKCG authority to extend all financial help,Medicines etc..on free of cost to the Victim and report time to time for her improvement.
MODI’S SLOGAN FAIL “EQUAL WORK EQUAL PAY”
Report; Debaranjan Samal,Sub Editor
NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION NURSES STRIKE ON 10TH DAY IN ODISHA
ANGUL,26/12/17: Healthcare facilities in government hospitals across the state got Seriously affected as around 2200 staff nurses working under National Health Mission (NHM) went on an indefinite strike last 10days, demanding regularization of their jobs. The nurses, most of who are deployed in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Sick and Newborn Care Units (SNCU), alleged that the state government ditched them several times by giving false assurances.
"The government has been playing with us for last several years and giving false assurances. This time we are not going to call off our strike till our demands are fulfilled," said Rajalaxmi Parida, a NHM staff nurse.
She said, a meeting with the government last Monday remained inconclusive as it demanded another six months to fulfill their demands. "We are not going to wait for one more day even," she added.
The association said all nurses would wear black badges from December 28 to January 2 and would take to the streets if their demands are not fulfilled even after that.
While president and secretary of the Nursing Employees Association backed away from the strike, other members of the body have continued the stir at the Lower PMG Temporally merge with “KRANTI ODISHA” despite the NHM MD warning to take action against the agitators as per contract if they do not join duty in 24 hours.
“Our agitation has entered its Tenth day however the Central government and State government has turned a blind eye. We will not return home and do whatever it takes,” said an agitating nurse.
The nurses alleged that despite being engaged in all emergency and critical care services like ICUs, SNCUs, casualty wards and operation theatres apart from part of all welfare programmes government did not pay heed to their demands.
"Though we have same qualification and training as regular staff nurses and have been doing similar work but our salary is much less than their counterparts in regular job. Besides, we are not getting any other service benefits unlike them," said a Staff nurse.
NHM staff nurses get remuneration of Rs 10,700 a month while regular government staff nurses get between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 including dearness, house rent and uniform allowances depending on their seniority. The agitating nurses recruited under NRHM are demanding regularization of their jobs, up gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts in the private sector and filling up of the vacant nurse’s posts.
There are instances of regularizing contractual employees engaged in special projects in different departments but state government has been ignoring their demands, alleged the staff nurses.