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State Govt claims curbing IMR in three years




 The Odisha government today claimed its measures to curb infant mortality rate (IMR) in State paid rich dividends and Odisha has become the only State in the country where the rate is lowest.

        “The IMR stood at 96 per thousand births in State in 2000 when the government assumed charge. Its sustained measures has propelled it to the top of the table with least – 40 per thousand births- number of deaths,” Health Minister Pratap Jena told a press conference held  here to highlight the achievement of the BJD government .

        The efforts of the State government have helped saving over 51,000 infants every year, Jena claimed.

        The Health Minister who assumed the charge of the Department nearly a month ago said that over 80 lakh children have benefitted from the different schemes while 13.99 lakh children were treated free of cost in the different government health facilities across the State.

        Talking about improvements in the Medical education sphere, Jena said the persistent efforts of the State government have resulted in increasing the number of seats in medical colleges to 850 from the 400 earlier.

        The Medical Colleges being set up by the government is likely to improve healthcare and produce competent doctors to take care of the health institutions across the State.

        Jena said, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s pet project ‘Niramaya’  has proved to be a boon for patients getting free treatment in Government hospitals.

        “Over 1.33 crore have benefitted from the scheme in State,” the Minister added.

        Jena said the Government will soon induct nearly 837 doctors to strengthen healthcare facilities and provide a corpus fund of Rs 1 crore to health centres to develop the health infrastructure wherever necessary.

        The incentives for doctors working in remote or inaccessible and difficult areas has been hiked to Rs 80,000 in bid to lure doctors to such areas.

        “As many as eight 300-bed hospitals will come up in districts soon while the government is mulling setting up of 30-bed and 20-bed hospitals in the next four years,” He added. 

        Jena rolled out the future strategy of the State government in the Health sector and said the government is keen to improve the blood collection and storage mechanism.

        Nearly 128.86 crore will be spent on development of blood banks and mobile blood collection vans, monitoring stock and types online.

        “Nine mobile blood collection vans will soon be put into service to collect blood from donors,” he said adding, the State government has also raised the refreshment charge to Rs 60 from the earlier Rs 25.

        The Government has also taken several measures for helping cancer patients and has set up chemotherapy units at 15 hospitals from the earlier three at the three Government medical colleges in State, Jena said adding such patients are also given assistance to the tune of Rs 1 lakh.

        The use of technology in health sector in State is also being emphasised, Jena said.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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