Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 22:
Odisha government will soon appoint 837 doctors, informed Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena addressing a press conference here today to highlight his department’s achievements in the last three years of BJD government’s fourth term.
The Minister said the state government will very soon start Mukhyamantri Swasthya Seva Mission.
As many as 92 ambulances will be deployed under it. Purchase of these ambulances will be entirely funded by the state government, he added.
Jena said the government has decided to raise the current provision of Rs 25 for offering refreshments to blood donors to Rs 60.
Provision of day care cancer chemotherapy facilities have been started at Koraput, Nabarangpur, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Phulbani, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda, Puri, Kalahandi, Rourkela, Rayagada, Nuapada, Bolangir and at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, the Minister informed.
Jena cited the sharp decline in infant mortality rate in the state from 96 in the year 2000 to 40, in 2015-16 as one of the major achievement of his department.
Besides, under-5 infant mortality has also come down to 49, he added.