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Odisha Govt Inks 4 MoUs

Monday, 08 January 2018 11:04 Written by

Odisha govt inks 4 MoUs on Health Care 


Bhubaneswar,05/12/17:Aiming to deliver better health-care services in the State, the Odisha government today signed four Memorandum of Understandings  with different organisations.

The MoUs were signed with Glocal Healthcare System Private Limited, Kolkata, Centre for Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Narayan Hrudayalaya and L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar.

“I am happy to announce that today the State government, through the Health & Family Welfare Department, signing four MoUs with the institutions of national repute for delivery of quality healthcare services for the people of Odisha,” Chief Minister Naveen patnaik, who attended the MoU signing ceremony here, said.

The Kolkota-based Glocal Health Care System Private Limited along with the state government will implement the digital dispensary project in 14 locations of tribal dominated Nabarangpur district in the first phase.

These locations are Badamasigan, Benora, Binjhili, Majhihdhanua, Kaudola, Kosakonga, Sanabarali, Badatemra, Chakalapadar, Telonadigam, Manchagram, Dhodipani, Ghodakhunta and Jhadbandhguda.

This programme will be later extended to another 11 locations in the district basing on the outcome.

The digital dispensary centres will function as an OPD with virtual consultation with doctors through video and facility for basic laboratory test and medication dispensing, to deliver quality primary healthcare free of cost to the patients. The State government has made an allocation of Rs 4 crore per annum for this project.

The second MoU was signed with Centre for Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore for better detection and treatment of Thalassemia, Sickle Cell and Anemia. This will help reduce major Haemoglobinopathy disorder through screening, counselling, pre-natal diagnosis with appropriate technology and possible curative options.

In order to provide faster and better access to children detected with different heart disease, the Odisha government entered into an MoU with Narayan Hrudayalaya. Under this, children suffering from congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease can receive required surgery through Naraya Hrudayalaya.

The city-based L V Prasad Eye Institute will provide specialised care to the needy children for treatment of congenital cataract and retinopathy of prematurity.

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Health Minister Pratap Jena and other senior officials of Health department among others.

Swine Flu Death Toll Reaches 45

Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:24 Written by

Odisha,Swine flu death toll reaches 45


Cuttack,07/09/17: A woman died of swine flu while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital here today taking the death toll in the disease to 45 in Odisha this year.

The deceased was identified as Baidehi Behera (55), hailing from Sector-19, Rourkela.

She was admitted to SCB hospital on August 27 after being referred from Ashwini Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

This is the 16th death due to swine flu at the hospital this year.

CM,Odisha Launches Eye Care Programme

Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:20 Written by

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

Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:17 Written by

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.

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Conjoined Twin Condition Is Unwell

Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:12 Written by

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.

Success Of Conjoined Twins Jaga-Kalia

Saturday, 06 January 2018 15:32 Written by

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 (2)

Saturday, 06 January 2018 15:17 Written by

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 Conf. On Clinical Cardiologists

Saturday, 06 January 2018 14:42 Written by

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.

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