Statesman News Service
Rourkela, 23 February
Odisha added yet another chapter in its health care service with introduction of Urban Health Mission, which among other things will stress on reproductive and child health programmes as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik formally launched the programme, which will be implemented in all the district headquarters and other urban areas with more than 50,000 population.
“The Urban Health Mission will strengthen health care service in urban areas as the National Rural Heath Mission has done in rural areas. The slum residents, in particular, will benefit immensely from the Urban Health Mission,” he said at the launching ceremony at Udit Nagar here.
Forty two urban areas of the state have been included in the programme.
“In the first phase, the programme will be implemented in 18 urban areas of 16 districts and the other localities will be covered in a phased manner in next six months,” he said.
The Mission will be implemented in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Puri, Balasore, Bhadrak, Baripada, Sonepur, Bolangir, Jharusuguda, Jeypore, Bargarh, Rayagada, Bhawanipatna, Paradip, Sunabeda and Koraput in the first phase.
A senior official in health and family welfare department informed that the scheme will help the slum residents the most, most of whom are daily labourers, as they will not face problems of losing a day&’s remuneration while visiting the nearby hospital during morning hours to consult doctors at outdoor. Under the Urban Health Mission, the outdoor departments will work from afternoon till 8PM.
“According to an estimate, nearly 40 per cent population of the country will be living in urban areas by 2026. Twenty five per cent of them will be daily labourers or similar type of workers. The Urban Health Mission has been introduced to cater to their health care needs,” he said.