Odisha Bags National Award On Universal Health Coverage Day

Bhubaneswar: A medical team from Odisha’s Kendrapada district has bagged a National award for their exemplary work in providing universal health coverage (UHC).

This team comprising doctors and para-medical staff were recognised for screening patients for major non-communicable diseases during the year 2018-19. The team received the award at a function in New Delhi on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day observed on Thursday.

The awardees from Odisha were: Medical Officer, Dr Soumya Ranjan Nayak of Olaver, Health and Wellness Centers, Community Health Officer, Rasmita Samal, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM), Sachi Mishra and ASHA worker, Ranjita Mandal of Jamboo Sub center under Mahakalpada CHC.

The team from Kendrapara district received the prestigious award for providing exemplary service at Health and Wellness Centers. The Health and Wellness Centers established across the State are taking a lead role in this achieving universal health coverage.

Additionally, during this year, screening for major non-communicable diseases will be ensured across at least 50% of districts in Odisha.

On this achievement, the Health and Family Welfare Department stated, National Health Mission (NHM) Odisha, under the leadership of Health and Family Welfare Department Secretary, Dr Pramod Meherda and NHM Managing Director, Salini Pandit, has taken multiple efforts to ensure Universal Health Coverage to the people of Odisha.

Under the UHC drive, people aged more than 30 years are being screened for major non-communicable diseases including – diabetes, hypertension, oral cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer.

During the year 2018-19, Odisha was lauded for its efforts to screen more than 25 lakhs people for major non-communicable diseases. The State Government’s Health Department has set a target to screen more than 45 lakhs for major non-communicable diseases during 2019-20.

Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Scretary, Priti Sudan and Managing Director of NHM, Vandana Gurnani were guests at the event.

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