Health Sector Gets Priority

State Health and Family Welfare Department will closely monitor all health related schemes and ensure their implementation in a time bound manner. 

With Chief Minister asking the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Minister Health and Family Welfare, Pratap Jena has decided to expedite the process of filling up of vacancies in the department so that people are not deprived of benefits offered by the State government for the common man.
“In the past four years of the current government, from May 2014 till date, Odisha has made giant strides in the health sector”, he said. As per the review, affordable and quality health care is the priority of the government medical colleges in the State.
Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Pramod Kumar Meherda, NHM State Director Shalini Pandit and other senior officials were present.
Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik said the priority areas identified by the government at the outset are to provide free medicines to the people and make health insurance universal.
Accordingly, under the free drugs scheme, NIRAMAYA, the government has spent over Rs 500 crore during the period 2014-2018 in providing free medicines to people of the State. Over 3 crore people of the State have been benefited under the scheme.
For making health insurance universal, the government, through the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY), Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF), Rashtriya Swasthya VimaYojana (RSVY) and Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) has covered about 70 lakh families with health cover at a cost of over Rs 800 crore.
Foremost amongst the development programmes has been the operationalization of four new medical colleges for which the State government has spent over Rs 600 crore.
Academic session in PRM Medical College, Baripada and SLN Medical College,Koraput has already been commenced while admission in Balasore and Bolangir Medical Colleges will take place from this academic session, said sources in the department.
For providing quality health services to the people of Odisha , the State government has launched several other schemes which ensure free healthcare services to the people, such as free diagnostic services under ‘NIDAAN’, free dialysis services under ‘SAHAY’, free ambulance service through 102 and 108 service, district level free chemotherapy and day care facilities for cancer patients, free eye care services under ‘SUNETRA’, free specialist services in urban clinics under ‘AMA CLINIC’, free blood services and transportation allowances for blood disorder patients, provision of Rs 1,000 as transport assistance to mothers from difficult areas coming for institutional delivery and free sanitary napkins for school girls under ‘KHUSI’.
In providing healthcare to the difficult and inaccessible areas, the government has achieved drastic reduction in malaria through ‘DAMAN’ programme.
It has also achieved improved institutional delivery, immunization and reduction in infant mortality rate through the ‘SAMMPURNA’ programme. Digital dispensaries have been set up for providing tele-medicine services in hard to reach, tribal dominated areas.
For strengthening human resources in the health sector, the government has created 2,662 new posts of doctors and 5,719 new posts of paramedics. Place- based incentives have been provided to attract doctors to serve in difficult areas. Social security for ASHAs has been provided through the ‘Asha Kalyan Yojana’.
The Government has also provided for improvement of health Institutions through development in infrastructure including new constructions, renovation while cleanliness and hygienic atmosphere in the Hospitals has been given emphasis under ‘NIRMAL’ scheme.
It is expected that with these initiatives, the State will move closer towards its target of achieving universal health coverage for the people of Odisha, said an official of the Health and Family Welfare Department.

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