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Vedanta Joins Filariasis Elimination

Jharsuguda: Vedanta, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, extended its support to the District Health Administration (DHA) in Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Awareness campaign at Jharsuguda.

The company conducted a rathyatra for LymphaticFilariasis Elimination Awareness from 9-13 February 2021 covering 80 villages of the district which was flagged off by Dr. Lal Mohan Routray, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO.

 Dr. DM Patel, Additional District Medical (ADM) and Public Health Officer (PHO), and Mr. Bulunath Sahu, District Program Manager (DPM), National Health Mission (NHM) graced the occasion at District Health Headquarter, Jharsuguda.

Besides that, information materials were distributed and visual aids were put up at prominent locations across the district for greater awareness and information retention among the community. The company also ensured the administration of drugs to employees and families by implementing DHA’s Mass Drug Administration (MDA) programme at its township.

Referring to the company’s community development endeavors, Mr. CN Singh, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “As India’s largest aluminium producer, Vedanta is not only committed to the nation’s economic prosperity but also dedicated to the socio-economic development of the communities around its operations. We are conscious of our social responsibilities and strive to fulfil them through structured interventions in various public domains with Health & Sanitation being the pivotal dimension among our social outreach efforts. From the Mobile Health Unit, which provides doorstep primary healthcare services across the Jharsuguda district, to public awareness campaigns on various diseases, we have undertaken several initiatives under it.”

Dr. Lal Mohan Routray, Chief District Medical Officer for Jharsuguda, appreciated the company’s support in carrying out the awareness drive saying, “Rathyatra for Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Awareness was a commendable effort by Vedanta’s CSR team as it ensured community’s awareness of the disease and successful implementation of the program. We appreciate and welcome more such participation by the company in Jharsuguda’s welfare.”

Vedanta’s social interventions in the domains of sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, quality education, health, water and sanitation, bio-investment and community infrastructure reach out to a total of 72 villages in Jharsuguda and nearby areas, benefiting nearly 80,000 people in a year. It empowers more than 4000 women from over 330 SHGs, provides doorstep healthcare services to about 32,000 people annually, gives educational support to more than 6400 students, has planted more than 1.48 lakh trees in partnership with the community, and built 570 plus infrastructural projects at community level.