Bhubaneswar: Considering the motivational messages and popularity of Odia film DAMaN, the state government has decided to screen the film at district and sub-divisional levels.
The Health department has issued instructions to Collectors of all districts regarding the screening of the film.
Health Secretary Shalini Pandit said, “This movie carries a positive message on implementation of health schemes through joint efforts of government and people in hard to reach areas”.
She asked Collectors of the all districts to arrange the special screenings of the film in their nearby theatres/cinema halls either at district or sub-divisional level as per suitability.
It may be pertinent here to mention that the state government under the directions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Durgama Anchalare Maleria Nirakarana ( DAMaN) in the year 2016 specially targeting 8000 villages in eight malaria prone districts of the state.
The coordinated and dedicated efforts of the doctors and officials at ground level inscribed remarkable success in eradication of malaria. However, the process of implementation was not very easy. It was blurred by blind faith, social stigma, and lack of connectivity in remote areas surrounded by hill, forest and rivers.
The dedicated doctors and officers from concerned department had to toil hard for convincing the people, and mobilizing them to accept the scientifically proved health habits.
Taking this ground reality as the theme, script writer Debi Prasad Lenka, producer, Deepandra Samal, director Vishal Mourya and Debi Prasad Lenka took the venture to shoot an Odia film which was released in the month of November, 2022.
The film prepared in its natural setting acquired quick popularity and wide appreciation from cross sections of society. The Odia film DAMaN was also screened in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall last Sunday which was witnessed by senior officers of state government including Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.