Mobile TB Detection Van Launched In Odisha

In an aim to determine the total number of tuberculosis patients, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda, inaugurated a mobile van in Bhubaneswar on 21 July. Also present at the event were RMRC director Sanghamitra Pati, Khurda district collector Seetanshu Kumar Rout and CDMO Bijay Kumar Mohapatra.

This initiative has been conceptualized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Central TB Division and World Health Organisation, South-East Asia office. The van is set to operate in Odisha and its neighbouring states Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh in a bid to identify and make a record of all TB patients.

According to an official release, the van is equipped with X-ray and CB-NAAT machine and would reach out to patients at 21 locations in 15 districts across Odisha. It also mentioned that the program would be spread across eight to ten months.

In other news relating to healthcare, the much-awaited liver transplant unit being built at the SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack is likely to be operational by the end of the calendar year. The said unit has been in the works for a long time, dating back to 2012. Chronic liver diseases are rampant in Odisha and this project, once completed, would be a welcome relief for the residents who currently rely on receiving treatment outside the state.

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