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Health and Family Welfare Department signed two MOU for Health sector

Bhubaneswar: 10/8/18: Health and Family Welfare Department on Friday signed two memorandum of understanding (MoUs) in presence of Health Minister Pratap Jena here at the state Secretariat.

The first MoU has been signed with NIMHANs, Bengaluru to provide tele-mentoring and capacity building of medical officers of DMHP/SDH/CHC for management of mental illness cases and basic emergency psychiatric care along with follow up care at the healthcare facilities.

Similarly, the second MoU has been signed with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi for upgrading  nine de-addiction centres operational at the SCBMCH in Cuttack, MKCG in Berhampur, VIMSAR in Burla, Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, RGH in Rourkela, District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) at Angul, Puri, Bolangir and Mayurbhanj.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Pratap Jena said that even though the National Mental Health Programme has been implemented in the State since 2003-04, the expansion of the programme was delayed due to inadequate budget provision by the Centre.

Jena said that the state government has decided to expand the programme in all 30 districts of Odisha.

The Minister cited that establishment of Centre of Excellence for Mental Health at SCB Medical College and Hospital with 100 per cent financial assistance from the state government is an example of the sincerity of state government to address the mental health problems in Odisha.

Odisha Health Commissioner-cum-Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda was also present on the MoU signing occasion at the State Secretariat here today.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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