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Healthcare Sabha 2018 | The Odisha model of healthcare

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Dr Hara Prasad Patnaik, Director of Health Services, Odisha, spoke about healthcare initiatives by the Odisha government. He began by informing the audience about how the state government is improving its health indicators by implementing several public health schemes.

Presenting various examples on how the state has been in the forefront in implementing various health schemes, Prasad said, “Odisha is focussing on improving women health, particularly by empowering ASHAs, the frontline workers, on how they will help in strengthening the public health.”

Informing that the state government is improving its indicators through several innovative healthcare schemes, Prasad said, “Schemes like Niramaya (free medicine), Nidan (free diagnostic service), Sahay and Sunetra are all innovative health schemes. We have also tied up with Tata Group to develop infrastructure, training for cancer care at all levels including the district and block level healthcare centres. Kidney related aliments are also treated free of cost in government hospitals as per the existing schemes. NCDs are on the rise, therefore the state has began with special health programmes to address this issue.”

“The new health scheme called Biju Swasthya Surkasha Yojana (BSSY), is the most promising scheme under which free diagnostic, treatment and medicines worth up to ` 5 lakh will be available per family per year. We are targeting to cover a population of 70 lakh families,” he said. Odisha also has PPPs in areas focussing on cardiac and ophthalmic care, he added.

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