Odisha free diagnostic services

19 Dec 2017

Odisha government today launched new schemes for providing better healthcare services, including free diagnostic services to patients in public health facilities from the New Year Day. The schemes - Nidan (free of cost diagnostic services), Sahaya'(free dialysis service), Ama Clinic (urban health facility) and 'Anmol' (computer tablet for ANMs) - were formally unveiled by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. "The state government is committed to provide the best healthcare service to citizens, especially the poor and needy," Patnaik said. Under the Nidan scheme, the state government will provide free identified diagnostic services from January 1, 2018. In addition to that, it will also provide high-end pathology tests like digital X-Ray, CT-scan and MRI free of cost in government health facilities under the PPP mode by March, 2018. The 'Sahaya' programme will offer free dialysis treatment from January 1 next year. "127 dialysis machines will be installed in PPP mode in five district headquarter hospitals, and one at Narasinghapur Community Health Centre in Cuttack district by March, 2018," the chief minister said. (PTI)