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Quoting The Statesman - Jan 14th 2005
http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=65865


Cancer unit soon in capital

BHUBANESWAR, Jan 14. — Kalinga Hospital, a private super-speciality hospital set up here by non-resident Oriya doctors from the US and UK, has plans to set up a cancer centre.

Talking to reporters here today, the managing director of the hospital, Dr. Saheb Sahu, said mouth and throat cancer is prevalent in Orissa because of the widespread use of betel and tobacco products.

The patients from Orissa are forced go to Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and other hospitals outside the state. Kalinga Hospital has, therefore, plans to set up a cancer centre here, he said. A linear accelerator and a gamma camera had been sent by Oriya doctors from USA, which were on the transit, Dr Sahu said. An estimated Rs 3 crore would be required to house the expensive equipments and open a cancer ward, he said.

The managing director said he had contacted a few Oriya doctors, who are practising outside. Some of them had expressed their willingness to join the proposed cancer centre after the installation of equipment.

The hospital has also plans to expand eye, ENT and dental department, increase the bed strength of ICUs for adult as well as new-born babies and increase the number of general beds from 25 to 30, he said.

Meanwhile, the Kalinga Hospital has launched an affordable health insurance scheme underwritten by the National Insurance Corporation Limited, said Dr. Sahu stating that for an insurance coverage of Rs 1.5 lakh the annual premium is a meager Rs 2,500. Already 100 customers have been covered under the scheme, he said. Highlighting the activities of the hospital, the managing director said free cleft-lip and cleft-palate repair surgery was being conducted for children belonging to families living below the poverty line with the assistance from an US-based NGO, called the “Smile Train”. So far, 90 surgery cases had been performed while another 100 children were in the waiting list. He claimed that largest number of dialysis cases in the eastern region were done in the hospital. Open heart surgeries, neuro-surgery and kidney transplants had also been conducted.

Kalinga Hospital is the only hospital in the state which has intensive care unit with ventilator facility to treat sick new-born and premature babies, said the managing director. The hospital has paid up its loans to all the financial institutions and is financially becoming stable. It owes money only to its NRO promoters, he said adding that an experienced management team had recently taken over. Stating that new team, headed by him, is laying emphasis on patient care, the managing director said all the employees were being trained on customer service while a full-time patient relation manager had been appointed.

 

Quoting The Statesman - Nov 24th 2004
http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=61043


Non-resident Oriya centre on cards

BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 24. — The state government today decided to set up non-resident Oriya (NRO) Facilitation Centres to encourage participation of NROs and non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the development of the state.

The proposed NRO Facilitation Centre for the investment-related activities of the IT sector will be opened at the head office of the Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation Limited (IPICOL) and that for BPO service at the Orissa Computer Application Centre (OCAC) office.

Similarly, another NRO Facilitation Centre for other general services will be set up at the office of the resident commissioner of the state government located at New Delhi.

Besides, a NRO Facilitation Cell, headed by the chief secretary, will be opened in the general administration department in the state secretariat here.

Special secretary in the GA department will be appointed as the nodal officer for the Cell. The cell will help the government in various types of policy matters as well as in the coordination between the related departments or agencies.

It was decided that the first NRO Orissa Day would be celebrated on 18 December and a Orissa Development Symposium would be organised on the occasion.

The state government will provide full assistance to the proposed programme, official sources said.

           

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