Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

Leopard freed into Odisha jungle

An adult leopard rescued from Sonepur town in Odisha about a month ago, has been released into a forest in Sambalpur district. “The leopard was released yesterday in the forests near Rairakhol in Sambalpur district, about 230 km from here,” forest officials said.

The animal was kept at Nandan Kanan Zoological Park after its capture from Sonepur, sources said. “The wildlife officials have been asked to keep an eye on the animal that is released in the forest,” state Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray, who took it as a responsibility to release the big cat after assuming the office last week, said.

The male leopard had entered into a shop in Sonepur on July 4. The animal was kept for some time at the district collector’s office and later shifted to Nandan Kanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha hospitals to have dedicated power supply

All hospitals in the state will have dedicated power supply. The decision was taken after there were allegations of healthcare disruption because of power failure. It has also decided to convert generators installed in hospitals into a mode so that they start automatically in case of power failure. Inverters will be installed in operation theatres and labour rooms.

Chief secretary B K Patnaik reviewing the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) asked the health department to ensure proper functioning of equipment installed in different hospitals and put in place a proactive technical system for immediate repair and maintenance of the equipment used for pathological tests. All hospitals were asked to submit a detailed report on the present condition and functioning of these equipment.

It was also decided to set up more that 250 new-born care corners in different districts. Currently, there are 450 such units. For institutional care of children with acute malnutrition, 38 new Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers will be set up in addition to existing six units.

For care of expectant mothers 28 new Ma Ghara (maternity waiting homes) will be constructed besides the 22 operating homes now. Target has also been set to construct four post-natal homes at district headquarters hospital having high case load and space constraints. Emergency medical ambulance service will be made operational in 15 districts with 280 ambulances.

Around 18 lakh family size Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) will be distributed in high-risk areas. Available data shows around 41.43 lakh such nets have been distributed by 2011-12. The chief secretary has directed the department to intensify distribution of nets and exhaust all the high risk area within a year. Double bed size nets will be supplied to families and single size nets will be supplied to students under school health programme. It has been decided that ST and SC GNM trainees in KBK districts will be provided full scholarship. Such trainees in Non-KBK districts will also be given partial scholarship. Information Education and Communication along with behavioural change initiatives will be intensified throughout the year.

It has been decided that mobile health units will be operated with 354 units with budgetary support both from NRHM and state budget. Equipment maintenance wings will be expanded with three new zones at Sambalpur, Ganjam and Koraput.