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Better health infrastructure in grassroots level by 2017 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In another bid to provide quality health care in the State, the Odisha Government has expedited steps for development of health infrastructures in grassroots level (Sub centre to district headquarters level) and set a target to complete the construction work of all sub center buildings by 2017. 
A strategic perspective plan for the purpose has been prepared and put to action in a high level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra at the state secretariat here on Wednesday wherein Health Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra outlined the issues for discussion.
The Chief Secretary has advised to prepare the green architectural designs of the health institutions focusing on minimal use of energy and recycling techniques while the works department has been advised to strengthen its architectural wing and empanel the architects for quick preparation of plan and designs. 

The Chief Secretary further instructed the Works departments to prepare integrated building designs including all civil, electric and internal sanitation works so that the buildings will be completed in one go and can be put to use just after the completion of the construction whereas the Public Health department has been asked to make all necessary external water and sanitation connection plan for health institutions well in advance. 

Director National Health Mission (NHM) Roopa Mishra presented the perspective plan for discussion. A three year perspective plan was worked out in the meeting and necessary administrative decisions were taken to fasten the process of implementation. The districts collectors have been authorized to accord administrative approval to all NHM civil work plan and designs. 

Decisions have been taken for saturation of the construction of all sub center buildings by 2017, saturation of the construction of all PHC buildings, establishment of high end critical care units like Sick Newborn Care Unit ( SNCU), New Born Stabilization Unit( NBSU) , New Born Care Corner ( NBCC) at all delivery point hospitals., construction of accommodation for health staff , establishment of clean and proper nutrition care facility at different delivery point health institutions and Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers ( NRC). 

Strengthening of vaccine centers at State, district and sub-divisions, construction of drug warehouses, provision of 24x7 piped water supply and dedicated electric in hospitals, construction and upgradation of Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery Training Center ( ANMC) General Nurse and Midwifery Training Center (GNMTC) have also been included in the perspective plan. 

Available data shows a total number of 8,367 health institutions have been included in the action plan with 19284 number of new construction and renovation work projects budgeted  around Rs 3,300 crore  spread over three successive financial years from 2014-15.

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