Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Health Minister JP Nadda to provide financial assistance to set up as many as four Regional Cancer Centers in the State.
Mr.Patnaik requested the Union Minister to help set up the Centers at Bhubaneswar, Burla, Berhampur and Kalahandi.
During his discussion with Mr.Nadda at the Sansad Bhawan in New Delhi, Mr.Patnaik also urged the latter to grant letter of permission to two medical colleges in Odisha- Baripada and Koraput to commence classes from academic session 2017-18. He too raised the financial assistance issue during his discussion.
“I requested him (J P Nadda) to release the balance amount of Centre’s share of Rs 397 cr at the earliest for five medical colleges at Baripada, Koraput, Balasore, Bolangir and Puri,” Patnaik told media persons outside Sansad Bhawan.
He demanded that a Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences Centre be established by the Centre at Bhubaneswar.
The Chief Minister informed the Union Health Minister that over last several years the State government has made sustained efforts to improve the overall health of people of Odisha.
This, he said, is quite evident from remarkable improvements registered in many health indices of the State as brought out by the recently published 4th round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4).
He mentioned that Odisha has achieved the highest rate of decline in Infant Mortality Rate, which has fallen from 96 per thousand live births in the year 2000 to 40 in the year 2015-16, and is better than the National Average of 41.
Similarly, Odisha has achieved a sharp increase in institutional deliveries to 85 per cent, up from 35 per cent in the last survey. Significant improvements have also been reported on family planning, ante-natal care of mothers, reduction of anaemia in mothers and reduction in malnourishment, he added.
Mr.Patnaik further informed that the State government has decided in principle to merge the existing National Health Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and the State Health Insurance Scheme, Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana under the new National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS).
He added that his Government has also decided to fully support additional 38.80 lakh beneficiary families from the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) database in addition to 37.17 beneficiary families approved by Government of India for coverage under NHPS.
He impressed upon the Union Minister to allow the State to use the NHPS IT platform for the additional 38.80 lakh beneficiaries to be fully supported by the State Government in the first phase of NHPS.
The Union Minister stated that adequate provision has been kept in the Budget for 2017-18 for new medical colleges and the balance central share of Rs 397 crore will be released to Odisha at the earliest.
He assured that the proposal of the State Government seeking use of National Health Protection Scheme IT platform for the additional 38.80 lakh beneficiary families proposed to be fully supported by the State government in the first phase of NHPS will be considered favourably.
The Union Minister mentioned that the Central Government has already approved a State Level Cancer Care Centre at Cuttack at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore. Further, he stated that financial assistance for another three Tertiary Cancer Centers at Rs.45 crore per Centre will be provided at the earliest for centres at VSS Medical College & Hospital, Burla; MKCG Medical College & Hospital, Berhampur and District Headquarter Hospital, Kalahandi.