The Odisha government has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four private hospitals for better delivery of quality health care services in the state.

The healthcare providers were Kolkata-based Glocal Health Care Systems Private limited, Center for Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Narayana Hrudayalaya and LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar. The MoUs were signed in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

According to the MoU, Glocal Healthcare Systems will help the state government for implementation of the digital dispensary project in 14 locations of Nabarangpur district in the first phase. Later the program will be extended to 11 more locations of the district basing on the outcome of the first phase.

These dispensary centers will function as an outpatient department (OPD) with virtual consultation with doctors through videoconferencing. Facilities like basic laboratory test and distribution of free medicines will be available in the centers. The state government has made an allocation of Rs 4 crore per annum for this project, official sources said.

The second MoU was signed with the Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore, for better detection and treatment of Thalassemia and Sickle cell anaemia. It will reduce major Haemoglobinopathy disorders through screening, counseling, pre-natal diagnosis with an appropriate technology and possible curative options. Government is going to establish five-year collaboration with the institute.

The state has identified 25,000 persons with Sickle Cell anaemia, Thalassemia and Haemophilia. Detection and diagnosis of the disease is still going on in the state. This agreement will help the process, said a senior health official.

The third MoU was signed with Narayana Hrudayalaya to provide faster and better access to children detected with different heart diseases.

Children suffering from congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease can receive required surgery through this hospital on a sustained basis.

The state has already identified and treated 820 children with heart issues under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), an initiative for early identification and early intervention of defects at birth, deficiencies, diseases, development delays including disability of children from birth to 18 years. The children will be treated in the specialized hospitals with free of cost under this program.

The MoU with the LV Prasad Eye Hospital will be helpful in providing specialized care to the needy children for treatment of congenital cataract and retinopathy of prematurity. The state has already identified 2436 children with eye problems and provided them treatment facilities. – TOI 

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