Odisha health team awarded on Universal Health Coverage Day

Bhubaneswar: A team of health staff from Odisha was awarded for providing exemplary service at health and wellness centers in the state.

They were awarded during the celebration of Universal Health Coverage Day at New Delhi on Thursday in the presence of Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

Those awarded were medical officer Dr. Soumya Ranjan Nayak, of Olaver, Health and Wellness Centers, Community Health Officer Rasmita Samal, ANM Sachi Mishra, and ASHA worker Ranjita Mandal of Jamboo Sub center under Mahakalpada CHC, all from the district of Kendrapara.

The state government under National Health Mission is taking multiple efforts to ensure Universal Health Coverage to the people of Odisha. In this regard, population 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. Similarly, during the year 2019-20, the health department is targeting to screen more than 45 lakhs for major non-communicable diseases.

The Health and Wellness Centers that were established across the state will take a lead role in achieving this goal. Additionally, during this year, screening for major non-communicable diseases will be ensured across at least 50% of districts in Odisha.