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State of 2011 health care in Odisha far from rosy

Following is a report from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: Patient care going for a toss due to prolonged strike of junior doctors across all government medical colleges sums up the situation of healthcare in the state this year even as the government announced a number of new initiatives.

Around 800 house surgeons and PG students, the backbone of healthcare services for both indoor and outdoor patients in the three medical colleges, went for tool down, demanding “proper security to them during duty”. Several surgeries had to be postponed and emergency care was affected in the three apex institutions.

Junior doctors in Burla stopped work on September 5 following alleged attacks on them a day earlier on September 4. After the state announced a sine die closure of the college on September 7, the medics reassembled for an indefinite stir in the state capital on September 9. Their counterparts in Cuttack and Berhampur joined them on September 15 and 16 respectively, expressing solidarity with their demands of security, arrest of alleged main culprit Sisir Dandia and withdrawal of “false” charges against the demonstrators. Several rounds of talks with the government failed to bring back the medicos to their work and classes. Despite hectic parleys with the government, the strike went on till September 24. The Orissa high court had to intervene to end the stalemate ultimately. The HC asked the government to improve security on the campus and remove encroachments inside the Burla hospital campus.

Meanwhile, despite tall posturing by the government to have taken initiatives for several new medical college proposals, nothing concrete materialized during the year, either in private or in the government sector.

While the year saw no progress in the 2004 proposal of Western Orissa Development Council to set up a medical college in Balangir, Sahyog Healthcare and Research Foundation (SHRF) of India is yet to acquire land for its proposed college in Keonjhar. The SHRF a few days ago got some New York-based venture capitalists to invest $100 million in the project for a period of five years though.

Besides, the fate of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation’s proposed medical college at Bhubaneswar still hangs in balance with nothing more than a boundary coming up at the proposed site, government sources said. ESIC had proposed in 2008 to set up a medical college in Odisha. The state government had allotted 25 acres of land in the city for the Rs 800-crore project in 2009.

The planning and coordination department of the state government had sanctioned Rs 10 crore each for medical colleges in Rourkela, Jaring (Kalahandi district) and Balangir in public-private partnership. The government provided 25 acres of land each to these proposed colleges, being facilitated by WODC. Though the colleges in Rourkela and Jaring are in advanced stages of completion, uncertainty still prevails about their likely date of commissioning.

Similarly, the government also failed to initiate a kidney transplant facility at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, this year. It has now set a target of early 2012 to launch the programme.

The state government can, however, boast of at least four major initiatives such as launching the Centre-funded Janani O Sishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), Mamata scheme for pregnant women and commissioning of the e-blood bank service this year. “It has been one of those happening years in health. Initiatives such as JSSK and Mamata were launched for pregnancy and neonatal care. We also started Dots Plus for TB patients,” said Dr Upendra Kumar Sahoo, director of health services.

Under the JSSK, the government promises to bear all expenditure related to delivery and newborn care. The free entitlements under the programme of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) include free and cashless delivery, free Caesarean Section, free treatment of sick newborns up to 30 days, exemption from user charges, free drugs and consumables, free diagnostics, free diet during stay in the health institutions (three days in case of normal delivery and seven days in case of C-section), free provision of blood, free transport from home to health institutions, free transport between facilities in case of referral as also drop back from institutions to home after 48 hours stay. “It would go a long way to reduce neonatal and maternity deaths,” the DHS said.

The state launched Mamata scheme in July, under which the government promises to give Rs 5,000 to pregnant women in villages. An estimated seven lakh pregnant women and newborn babies in rural areas would benefit from the scheme every year. As per the scheme, aid would be given to each pregnant woman in four installments. First Rs 1,500 would be paid after six months of pregnancy with registration and vaccination in an anganwadi centre. The second Rs 1,500 would be given when the newborn is three months old. The third and fourth installments of Rs 1,000 each would be paid when the newborn is six and nine months old respectively.

Critics dismiss both Mamata and JSSK, however, as pre-poll sops ahead of panchayat elections in the state in February.

Among the most commendable initiatives in the year passing by was the e-blood bank initiative. Earlier this month, the government started bar-coding of blood bags to ensure blood collected first is used first in 100% cases. The web-enabled system facilitates electronic monitoring of blood collection, testing, storage and final use or disposal. Timings of all these steps can now be known from anywhere in the blood bank network.

The electronic screening can detect professional donors as all blood banks are interlinked to eliminate professional donation, which is still around three to four per cent. “It is for the first time in the country that such an initiative was launched in blood safety,” said Mangala Prasad Mohanty, honorary secretary of Odisha branch of the Indian Red Cross Society.

December 27, 2011 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Odisha govt. in dark over VSS Medical College and Hospital land encroachment case

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Cuttack, Dec. 5: The Odisha government today admitted in the high court that it had no clear picture on the extent of encroachment on the 108 acres of land allotted to VSS Medical College and Hospital as demarcation of the land had not been completed so far.

“The district administration has taken up demarcation of the land and the same is expected to be completed within a period of three months,” commissioner-cum-secretary of revenue and disaster management department Raj Kumar Sharma said in an affidavit filed today.

“After demarcation, the total number of encroachment on the said land shall be finally determined. All possible steps shall be undertaken by the district administration to clear the hospital land of encroachment at the earliest,” Sharma said. “Some 55 encroachers, who had constructed unauthorised structures on the VSS campus, have been evicted,” he added.

The affidavit skirted the issue of the lack of a boundary wall at the state-run medical college hospital. Taking note of it, the two-judge bench of Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.N. Mohapatra today directed for listing of the case after one week. The court expected the government to file a detailed status report by then.

The court was adjudicating on a PIL, along with intervention petitions filed by junior doctors, in connection with unauthorised occupants and the lack of a boundary wall at the VSS.

According to the petitions, the institution has no boundary wall. The medical college and the hospital do not have a common campus. There is no compound wall either of the hospital or of the medical college and areas of both are encroached upon. The hospital, the medical college and its hostels are divided because of encroachment by vendors.

Consequently, there has been “free access” and “unauthorised interference” by outsiders, including persons with criminal records, on the VSS campus, of which “doctors and students have become the victims”.

In pursuance of a high court order, the government filed a status report on security provided for students, doctors and patients at VSS on October 19. But, it was silent on steps taken to address the problems of unauthorised occupants and the lack of a compound wall.

Taking note of it, the high court granted the government 10 days to file a status report on it. Later, the court fixed a fresh seven-day deadline for submission of the report when the government sought more time for it on October 31.

December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Odisha unsafe for doctors: VSS medical college, Burla students register protest

Following reports are from the Sambad:

September 14, 2011 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla state-of-affairs irks High Court team

Following report is from the

SAMBALPUR: A three-member delegation from the Orissa High Court led by amicus curiae Prabhat Ranjan Dash expressed dissatisfaction at the facilities available in VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, during its visit on Saturday. Dr P K Pradhan and advocate Tarananda Pattnaik are the other members of the team.

The delegation said besides insufficient number of doctors and para-medical staff in the hospital, there was lack of medical equipment to treat critical and emergency patients. Despite bringing this to the notice of the State Government, no step has been taken so far. Dash said there was just one faculty in Neuro-Surgery Department and even the Cardiology Department is devoid of basic life-saving equipment. “These departments are not conducive for treatment of critical patients,” he said.

Even the Burn Unit does not have any facility and the mandatory Plastic Surgery Department which should be attached is not there, Dash added. Similarly, the five dialysis machines are insufficient and the required number of doctors are not available. As far as the 10-bed ICU is concerned, the four ventilators are not functioning. Informing that funds have been sanctioned for uninterrupted power supply, he said that the corridors of the hospital do not have lights and no fans in the wards.

June 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

VSS Medical College Burla will have a cancer care centre

Following report is from The Sambad:

March 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Stepmotherly treatment to Western Odisha: Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan

Follwoing is from The Pioneer:

Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan on Sunday accused the State Government of “step-motherly attitude” towards western Odisha resulting in intra-State regional disparity. He was participating in a ‘Meet the Press’ programme of the Sambalpur Press Club. Sufficient fund is coming to Sambalpur for developmental works. Whatever fund is allotted for the region, hardly 50 per cent of it is spent, he said.

He further alleged that the post of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) of the Northern Division is deliberately kept vacant to give the local industries an upper hand in revenue matters. This shows “the love of the State Government for the industries,” which are behaving arbitrarily, he remarked.

Pradhan pointed out that the RDC is the chairman of the Periphery Development Committee that looks into problems of the land oustees and all other problems of the division comprising as many as 10 districts. The RDC also directly interferes in the illegal activities of the industries. But going to help the industries, the State Government has kept this important post vacant almost for a year, he said. He also expressed concern over the affairs of the Burla-based VSS Medical College. “The Medical Council of India (MCI) withdrew the enhanced 43 seats in MBBS degree from this college. But due to our intervention, the MCI gave conditional permission. However, the State Government is yet to fulfil the relevant conditions, for which the medical college may face a similar problem at any point of time,” he said.

Pradhan also said State Government has no sincerity to establish a High Court Bench here. When the Union Law minister has already given his consent for a High Court Bench at Sambalpur, the State Government is yet to express similar promptness, he alleged.

He also expressed his utter dissatisfaction over the pollution made by the industries of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts and, particularly, by those established on SH-10 beginning from Rengali to Jharsuguda. “I will bring this matter to the notice of the State Government,” he said.President and secretary of the Press Club Arjun Ranjan Panda and Prafulla Dash, respectively, and other members were present and interacted with the MP.

February 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Orissa govt. to connect the district headquarters hospitals with premier government medical colleges through telemedicine network

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7: All district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three premier government-run medical colleges in the state through telemedicine network.

“The work has already begun and the network will be functional by December,” said chief nodal officer of the Orissa telemedicine network B.N. Mohanty, who is also head of the department of experimental surgery of SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Telemedicine is an emerging field that combines advances in computer and communication technologies with the practice of clinical medicine.

Through this medium, diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be conducted with the patients and doctors sitting at two ends.

District hospitals of Jajpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar will be connected to the SCB Medical College. District hospitals of Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Sundergarh, Baripada and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar have already been connected to SCB.

The SCB Medical College has, in turn, been connected to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Nayagarh, Gajapti, Boudha, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur will be connected to MKCG Medical Collage and Hospital at Berhampur.

 Burla-based VSS Medical College will be connected to hospitals in Rourkela, Balangir, Angul, Jharsuguda, Baragarh and Deogarh. 

Talking to reporters here today, Mohanty said a state-level telemedicine resources centre would come up soon at Cuttack.

With the help of the state government, the SCB Medical College is going to organise the three-day 6th International Conference of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) from November 14. Distance education in health science is the theme of the conference.

Representatives from ISRO, Space Application Centre, ministry of health, department of IT, Union government, AIIMS¸ IIT, Kharagpur, C-DAC-Pune, SGPGIMS, Lucknow and Central Law University, Cuttack would attend the conference. 

“Around 2,567 critical patients had already been cured through telemedicine. Patients, suffering mainly from thyroid cancers, arthritis and rheumatism, are opting for telemedicine consultation. With these facilities, we have been able to be in touch with the SGPIMS, Lucknow,” Mohanty said. 

The state government has also asked all additional district medical officers of all district headquarter hospitals to attend the meeting.

“We have invited students of medical and engineering colleges of the state to attend the meeting. They’ll get an opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally reputed telemedicine experts,” said Mohanty.

November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

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