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In Odisha 36% Died due to attendance by untrained doctors or healthcare staff

Bhubaneswar:14/4/22:A big shocker for people in general and the Odisha government. The death count in the State due to attendance by untrained doctors or healthcare staff has been the highest in the country.

This hard fact has come as a big embarrassment for the State government, especially when it is betting big on the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) smart cards as a panacea for all ills. The high death rate owing to attendance by untrained health functionaries in the State puts a glare on the dark underbelly of the healthcare delivery system in Odisha.

As per a recently released SBI report, a nation-highest 36 percent of death cases in Odisha saw attendance by untrained health functionaries. Qualified doctors attended to only 15.3 percent of deaths in the State in 2019, a year before the pandemic hit Odisha. In comparison, the national average had been 18.3 percent

The high number of deaths at the hands of untrained medical practitioners in the State clearly indicates how people in the State are at the receiving end of not having access to proper medical care in State hospitals – PHC (primary healthcare centres) to DHHs (district headquarter hospitals).

After all, the SRS (Sample Registration System) 2019 report released in March this year reveals that nearly one-third of deaths (30.4%) are reported from State-run hospitals. Deaths in private hospitals in the State were only 18.3 percent in 2019.

Killer Diseases In Odisha

As per the Registrar General of India data, a massive 81.6 percent of medically certified deaths in the State have the following underlying health conditions.

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  • Circulatory system diseases like heart attack, BP etc (22.8%)
  • Deaths due to complications prior to delivery  (15.3%)
  • Symptoms, signs of abnormal clinical conditions and lab findings (12.2%)
  • Infections and parasitical diseases (9.3%)
  • Diabetes (4.9%)
  • Neoplasms (4.5%)

A look at the above disease conditions that carried a high mortality burden in the State clearly indicates the need for trained doctors in Odisha health centres to provide proper clinical treatment to patients admitted to State-run hospitals.

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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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