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Jena Urges For Research Hub


Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pratap Jena has urged Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) to set up a Research Hub at Bhubaneswar to scale up Research and Development on Malaria and other Vector Borne Diseases.

Inaugurating the 14th International Conference on Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases here on 9 January, Mr.Jena impressed upon RMRC, Bhubaneswar to take leadership in supporting and strengthening the state in its drive for elimination of Malaria as well as other Vector borne diseases.
 
Among others Padma Bhusan Prof N.K.Ganguli , Former Director ICMR , Secretary Health & FW Dr Pramod kumar Meherda , Prof A.P.Das Vice Chancellor Central University Tamilnadu,  Dr Sanghamitra Pati Director RMRC graced the occasion.
 
Minister Mr.Jena said that Odisha has been in news with the release of World Malaria Report-2018, in which our state has been appreciated for its drive to combat malaria. Malaria is considered as the biggest challenge in Odisha.
 
Almost all the 46-million people of Odisha are at risk although 22 districts of Odisha are high endemic.
 
So, Odisha Government launched its flagship program 'Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakarana' (DAMaN) by successfully translating the learning of operations & research.
 
It’s noteworthy that DAMaN is funded by Odisha Government through its own budget to supplement the regular anti-malaria activities.
 
DAMaN is primarily a community-driven program where the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) play important role.
 
Minister Mr.Jena said Odisha Government is not at all complacent and drive is on for getting Malaria Elimination Certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) before 2030.
 
He said that from 3.23 lakh malaria cases between January to September 2017 has come down to 55,368 cases during the same period in 2018.
 
And Odisha has achieved a record 84% decline in a single year. With appreciation from WHO , Odisha's contribution to Nations' milestone on Global Platform is significant !!! .
 
Minister said the commitment and dedication to make Odisha from worst hit Malaria prone State to Malaria Free State is going to be possible under the dynamic and able leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
 
He informed that the State Government has taken all possible steps to provide health services to its people through various measures, such as 'Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana' and free drug distribution scheme 'Niramaya'. 'Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana'(BSKY).
 
BSKY is an inclusive universal health assurance scheme covering 70 lakh families with health coverage of 5 lakh per annum for the member and 7 lakh per annum for the woman member of the family.
 
It is within only four months, i.e. 15 August to 15 December, 2018, at least 1.82 Crore instances have been recorded where people have availed Health Care through BSKY.
 
On this occasion NAVBD Award ( Clinical Aspect),NAVBD Award( Molecular Biology),NAVBD Award ( Environmental science ) , NL Kalra Award, Dr Har Gopal Sharma Award , Ravi Singhal Biotechnology Award , Bayer Environmental Award and Vestergaard  Frandsen Awards were awarded by the Guests.
 


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