Where does Odisha stands in hand hygiene practice?

As the serious global pandemic COVID-19 tightens its grip around the globe, proper hand hygiene is the need of the hour. Hand hygiene, especially washing hands with soap and water, is the most accessible, effective and inexpensive way to eliminate viruses and contaminants from our hands and prevent them from entering our body. It’s the […]

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World TB Day 2020: What is the TB treatment success in Odisha?

Unable to control incessant cough, severe chest pain and profuse night sweating, Duba Sethi, a resident of Charmal village of Sambalpur, went to the local PHC for a check-up. He was diagnosed with infiltrative tuberculosis (TB) in his right lung and was prescribed medicine for 24 weeks. Upon feeling a little better on the third […]

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Measles Vaccination Day 2020: Timely Immunization Saves Lives

Bablu, a seven-year-old boy from Khiligunda village in Gajapati district, developed high fever, red blotchy rash on skin, inflamed eyes and incessant cough. He was taken to the nearest community health centre and was diagnosed with severe measles. After a high dose of vitamin A and intravenous antibiotics, he was referred to the district headquarter […]

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World Disability Day 2020: All You Need to Know About It

Each year, March 15 is observed as the World Disabled Day across the globe. It is not only observed for physical or mental impairments but for all known disabilities – from Asperger Syndrome and Down Syndrome to Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy. People with disabilities face a lot of problems in terms of adapting to […]

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No Smoking Day: Quit Smoking and Build a Healthy Odisha

Addiction to smoking is one of the worst things that can happen to someone. It kills slowly and steadily. Just one cigarette shortens one’s life expectancy by 11 minutes and is bad enough to start the habit. It causes serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, several types of cancer, pneumonia, bronchitis, among others. […]

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What percentage of women in Odisha is anaemic?

When twenty-five-year-old Arati (name changed) started having labour pains just five months into her pregnancy, she knew something was wrong. A few weeks ago, she felt a sharp pain in her upper rib and had sleepless nights since then. Her mornings were marred by constant fatigue and frequent bouts of nausea. She ignored the pain […]

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What is the leprosy prevalence rate (PR) in Odisha?

On January 30, 2018, as the world observed the Leprosy Eradication Day, Odisha had to face some tough questions. The Hansen’s disease, which was declared to be eradicated in 2006-07, is now back in the eastern Indian state with a high prevalence rate (PR). As per the data from the Union Ministry of Health and […]

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