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Walkathon On Eve Of World Hepatitis Day

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:39 Written by

Walkathon on the eve of World Hepatitis Day-28th July 2017


To spread awareness on the menace of Hepatitis

Bhubaneswar,28th July: Apollo Hospitals, one of Asia’s largest integrated healthcare provider, today organized a campaign to spread awareness on the menace of Hepatitis. The campaign was kick started at 7am today from the hospital premises with a massive Walkathon which originated at the hospital with the objective of spreading the message of this year’s theme – ELIMATE HEPATITIS amongst the citizens. The Walkathon was flagged of by Honorable Mayor of Bhubaneswar, Shri. Ananta Narayan Jena in presence of Shri Sanjaya Kumar Sethi (Corporator, Ward -12, Bhubaneswar), Mr. Sudhir M Diggikar, Regional CEO, Odisha & Chhattisgarh region, Dr( Brig) Biraj Mohan Mishra, Medical Superintendent, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar & Dr.Susanta Sethi , Sr. Consultant (Gastroenterology).

“AS Hepatitis assumes alarming proportions across the State during monsoon, health experts have warned people to be watchful of not just what they eat and drink, but also take sufficient care of liver” said Honorable Mayor, Shri Ananta Narayan Jena. He also congratulated Apollo Hospitals for it’s efforts in spreading this awareness through the Walkathon. 

Addressing the participants, Mr. Sudhir M Diggikar, Regional CEO, Apollo Hospitals, said “ World Hepatitis Day is observed  every year on 28 July and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), this day unites all of us in our fight against viral hepatitis.” He also announced the launch of Health check packages aimed at identifying early symptoms of the disease at a nominal cost for all patients willing to get themselves screened for this deadly disease.

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Sushant Sethi said, sometimes people mistake jaundice to be hepatitis but that is just manifestation of the disease. Swollen liver is a pre-symptom of the disease. Hepatitis E and A are avoidable with precaution, he said.Apart from emphasising on food and drinking water, people should remain alert while sourcing blood from blood banks. Family members of patients should check whether the blood has undergone tests for infections such as hepatitis and HIV. 

“People requiring frequent blood transfusions need to check with blood banks whether it has undergone new-generation tests, including fourth-generation ELISA and other antibody tests. Nucleic acid test (NAT) helps prevent transfusion transmitted infections. Hepatitis B, C and HIV are most common infections that can be contracted via infected blood,” he warned. 

The event culminated at the hospital at 9 am after covering almost 4 kilometers and spanning 2 hours through major intersections of the city. The objective of spreading awareness being fulfilled, the participants were congratulated by one and all for their herculean efforts. 

Govt Deputed 116 PG Pass Outs To Vimsar

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:36 Written by

Odisha Govt deputed 116 PG pass outs to VIMSAR, other hand Minister Urges students to call of Stir



Bhubaneswar,01,Aug,2017:Apprehending serious disruption of health services at the beleaguered Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla due to the indefinite cease-work by postgraduate students, the Odisha government this evening issued a notification ordering 116 PG pass outs to report for duty at VIMSAR tomorrow.

The notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department of the state government this evening asked PG pass outs who had joined it after completing their post graduation courses to join duties at VIMSAR tomorrow by 10 AM as a temporary measure until further orders.

Notably, postgraduate students of VIMSAR are on cease-work since Sunday demanding the removal of Director Aswini Pujahari .

In context, Even as deadlock continued in Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena today urged agitating medicos to first withdraw their stir and join work.

The Minister, however, added that the issue can be later resolved through dialogue.

“Few student representatives had met me over the issue and we had discussed the matter. I told them to first call off their strike and join work. Then they can discuss the matter with me. I told them that we will certainly take care of whatever problems they had,” said Jena speaking to reporters on the VIMSAR issue here.

Postgraduate students of VIMSAR continued with their indefinite cease-work for the third consecutive day today in protest against Director Aswini Pujahari’s alleged high-handedness.

PG students, who are on cease-work since Sunday, remained adamant seeking removal of Pujahari or their relocation elsewhere.

Apart from undergraduate students of VIMSAR, PG students, undergraduates, house surgeons, senior residents of SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack and MKCG Medical College & Hospital, Berhampur have come out in support of the agitation by wearing black badges.

The agitation is apprehended to affect health services in the three state government run medical colleges in the state.

Notably, a meeting called by Sambalpur legislator Raseswari Panigrahi on Monday evening which was attended by Pujahari, VIMSAR Superintendent, Sambalpur Collector, SP  and representatives of the agitating students failed to make any breakthrough.

JSPL Establishes Healthcare

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:34 Written by

JSPL establishes Healthcare Centre at Jamunda Jungle Village


Angul, August 02: JSPL Foundation, the CSR Arm of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, established a Healthcare Centre at Jamunda Jungle village of Banarpal Block, Angul district. Dr. Basanta Kumar Panda, Chief District Medical Officer, Angul, today (02.08.2017) inaugurated the new facility which has been set up in association with Hewlett Packard (HP). Villagers can avail the health services with free Doctor Consultation.

Appreciating the initiative, Dr. Basant Kumar Panda, CDMO said, “District Health Administration welcomes such community oriented initiative by JSPL”. The District Hospital will extend all its support to make the health centre effective in providing basic services to the villagers, he assured.

Congratulating the CSR team, Mr. DK Saraogi, Executive Director (In-Charge) and Location of Head of JSPL, Angul unit said, “JSPL has been taken up several community based initiatives under its CSR programme to improve the quality of lives of people residing in the vicinity of its plant at Angul. This health centre will be supplementing the efforts by Government to provide better healthcare services to the villagers.”

The healthcare centre will provide basic health care services and refer the patient to the DHH, Angul for further care, in-case of severity. At present, services like General Health Check-Up, Vision Correction, Diabetic Check-up and others will be provided and in near future this will be upgraded to provide specialist consultation through tele and video conferencing with Fortis Hospital, Raigarh and Other Major Hospitals in Odisha. 

Mr. Alok Malhotra, Head (HR&ES), Dr. B.K. Dash, Chief Medical Officer, Ms. Puspalata Satapathy, Head (CSR), Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Dwivedi, AGM, and other senior functionaries of JSPL were present on the occasion, which was attended by village representatives from various peripheral villages.

First Swine Flu Death In City

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:29 Written by

First Swine Flu death in city, Minister reviews situation


Bhubaneswar,06/08/17: The first Swine Flu casualty of this year was reported on Saturday with the death of a person at a private hospital in the state capital.

A total of 24 patients affected with the H1N1 virus are undergoing treatment so far in the State including six persons who were tested positive on Friday.

A total of 16 throat swabs had been examined on August 4 out of which six were found positive, four from Bhubaneswar and one each from Cuttack and Sundargarh.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Pratap Jena reviewed the situation on the day at a meeting in the State Secretariat and issued necessary guidelines and instructions to all Government and private hospitals.

Jena said special measures have been taken up in all the medical college hospitals, the Capital Hospital and the District Headquarters Hospitals for the patients. Sufficient amounts of medicines have been kept in stock.

The Minister also directed to spread awareness among the people through the media. If people are careful, they can prevent from being affected by the disease.

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Enzen Organize Blood Donation

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:25 Written by


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Talcher,10,08.17:A voluntary blood donation camp was held atMangalam officers club, Talcher with a effort by Enzen employees electrical association with “JEEBAN BINDU” program.The president of the association MLA Brajakishore Pradhan inaugurated the camp.

The HR Manager of Enzen,Mr.Manas Das ,SambitMishra,SDMO of Talcher Sub-Divisional Hospital Dr. Meena Kumari Dwari,social activist Khirod Sahoo,Journalist, Dhiramohan Ray, Advisor of the association Padman Kumar Sendha,General Secretary, Pradeep Kumar Bhutia,Treasurer,Satya Mohanty,co-ordinated the program.

Total 61 units of blood were collected in this camp.Talcher Blood Bank officer Dr.Subas Chandra Patra,Prasanna Behera,Gayatri Jena,Bijay Laxmi Nayak,Anukula Satpathy,Somalin Rath,Nikunja Bihari Sahu,NagenSahu,Pradyumna Pattnaik,Jitendra Mohanty helped to draw blood from the donors.This is a very noble and intellectual steps taken by the Talcher Enzen Employees Association,The different associations of Talcher welcome them for this noble cause.

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Woman Delivers Baby On Hospital Varanda

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:19 Written by

Woman delivers baby on Odisha’s MKCG-Hospital Varanda  after denied for admission


Berhampur,10/08/17:Even as several healthcare schemes and programmes launched by Odisha government for the expectant mothers to curb maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) in the state, medical negligence and poor hospital services reported with delivery of a baby on the premises of Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College & Hospital (MKCG) here today.

According to reports, Pramodini Kutharsingh, a resident of Panda Colony in Berhampur, delivered a baby on premises of the hospital after she was denied admission by the hospital authorities for delivery.

Having no option, Pramodini, who was suffering from labour pain, sat outside the entrance point and delivered a baby.

State Level Diabetes Symposium

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:13 Written by

State level Diabetes Symposium for Doctors of South Odisha at Berhampur by DIABETES & ENDOCARE Clinic 


Berhampur Dated 27th Aug 2017: Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur today has organised a day long scientific symposium on management options for Diabetes. Doctors from South Odisha participated in this event at hotel Mayfair, Gopalpur, organized by Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist from Diabetes and Endocare Clinic. Prof Dr R K Das, Ex Head, Dept of General Medicine, MKCG Medical College was the chief guest with Prof Dr P C Sahu, Ex Head, Dept of General Medicine, MKCG Medical College; Prof Dr R J Dash, Ex Head, Dept of Endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh; Prof Dr L K Meher, Dean cum Principal, Balangir Medical College; Dr Alok Kanungo, Director, KIDS, Bhubaneswar and Prof Dr Subash Ch Mahapatra, Head, Dept of General Medicine, MIMS, Vizianagaram  as the guests of honour for the inaugural session. Dr Sunil Kota presided over the meet in the capacity of organising secretary. Prof Dr R K Das highlighted the rising prevalence of Diabetes and called for enhancing the skills of practitioners to deal with these problems. Prof P C Sahu advised the audience to be watchful of Diabetes by diagnosing them early followed by timely initiation of treatment. Prof Dr R J Dash, Prof Dr L K Meher and others opined that these scientific symposia would help updating the knowledge of treating physicians on various modalities of diabetes management including the basic science, recent drugs and upcoming modalities. There were 20 different topics on both oral and injectable forms of therapies for diabetes management divided over 5 sessions. These were delivered by eminent Endocrinologist and diabetologist speakers from Berhampur, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. 

Diabetes Management has come a long way from oral & injectable drugs. Earlier drugs were associated with weight gain and hypoglycaemia (low sugars). The newer are devoid of these side effects. Additionally they protect our heart, kidneys and lower BP, cholesterol. The newer insulins are useful in better control of sugars and better quality of life. Additionally audience were appraised of upcoming treatment options like insulin pump, weekly once oral and injectable drugs etc. In total around 150 doctors from Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur attended the workshop.

Additionally Dr Sunil Kota revealed his plans of undertaking blood sugar testing for officials and general public from different sectors to detect the undiagnosed cases. Prof Dr P C Sahu lauded the efforts by Dr Sunil to educate both doctors and general public and requested him to further carry on with his awareness activities for people from various sectors. Lastly Dr Sunil Kota extended vote of thanks to the guests, chairpersons, speakers, volunteers and media personnel to conclude the session.

Twins-First Phase Operation ‘Successful’

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:07 Written by

Conjoined twins-First phase operation ‘successful’


New Delhi,29/08/17:The first phase operation to separate the conjoined twins Jaga and Balia of Kandhamal district took about 20 hours and nearly 50 doctors, including a specialist from Japan conducted the operation in three phases, informed AIIMS, New Delhi neurosurgeon Prof Ashok Kumar Mohapatra.

State Health Minister Pratap Jena here in Bhubaneswar said that the operation was successful and Jaga and Balia are stable now.

“Operation process began at 5 am on Monday with the twins being administered with anesthesia. The operation started 10.30 am on Monday and ended on 6 am on Tuesday. They (Jaga and Balia) were brought out of the operation theatre at 8 am and now kept on ventilator in the ICU,” said Mohapatra. The twins will be kept under observation for 24 to 96 hours.

He said that seeing the success of the first phase operation of the twins, the next phase operation will be conducted after a month.

Japan physician Dr K Taki Jawa was part of the 50-memebr doctors’ team.

Apart from Japanese medical experts, a slew of specialists from different departments like neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, cardiology and paediatrics were also engaged in the surgery.

Although the hospital authorities are yet to give any information about the success of the operation, AIIMS authorities will inform the media about the crucial separation today afternoon, sources said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also spoke to Prof Mohapatra over phone yesterday and enquired about the surgery’s progress. Prof Mohapatra is one of the key members of the team.

The twins Jaga and Balia, hailing from Milipada under Phingiria police station Kandhamal aged two years and three months, respectively are striving for a normal life just like other kids. The toddlers are joined from their heads by birth. In medical term, kids with such sort of deformity are known as 'craniopagus conjoint twins,'- an extremely rare condition found in 1 in 2.5 million births in the world.

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