Odisha govt inks MoU for upgrading de-addiction centres


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday inked a MoU with NIMHANS, Bengaluru to provide telementoring and capacity building of medical officers.

It signed another MoU with National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre of AIIMS-New Delhi for upgrading nine deaddiction centres in three medical colleges and other hospitals.

The Health Department signed the two MoUs in presence of Health Minister Pratap Jena here at the State Secretariat here.

NIMHANs Bengaluru will provide telementoring and capacity building of medical officers of DMHP/SDH/CHC for case management of mental illness and basic emergency psychiatric care and follow up care at the healthcare facilities.

The National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi will upgrade nine de-addiction centres operational at the SCBMCH, MKCG, VIMSAR, Bhubaneswar Capital Hospital, Rourkela General Hospital, DHHs at Angul, Puri, Bolangir and Mayurbhanj within the existing infrastructure.

Jena said that establishment of Centre of Excellence for Mental Health at SCB Medical College with 100% financial assistance from State Government is an example of the keenness and sincerity of State Government to address the mental health problems in Odisha.