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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World Water Day 2020: Where Does Odisha Stands in Water Management?

The World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year to highlight the significance of freshwater and promote sustainable management of water resources. The theme of this UN observance day focuses on topics related to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) that is in accordance with the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 6. This […]

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World Forest Day 2020: Interesting Report on Odisha’s Green Cover

World Forest Day, also known as the International Day of Forests, is commemorated on March 21 every year across the globe to spread awareness about the environment. On this day, the United Nations advises governments all over the world to undertake activities such as plantation drive and wildlife education and promote their forests. The theme […]

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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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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 status of cold storages in Odisha?

Did you know that more than 1.45 lakh tonnes of fruits and 4-5 lakh tonnes of vegetables go waste in Odisha every year? Cold storages play a key role in increasing the production of fruits and vegetables. They extend shelf life of produce, maintain quality, prevent oversupply, reduce transport bottlenecks, and period of marketing during […]

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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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Child Marriages in Odisha

The formal or informal wedding of female children below the age of 18 is illegal and a violation of human rights. Marrying a girl child, before she attains physical and mental maturity, compromises her development and constraints her opportunities in life. Besides, pregnancy and delivery at an early age can result in infant and/or maternal […]

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Schools with Computers in Odisha

Although according to the Right to Education Act, every school must have computers, the national average stands at just 27.2%, says U-DISE 2016-17 data. Odisha fares even much lower, with the average percentage of schools with computers at 15.6%. With a percentage of 28.3%, the highest performing district in the state is Khurda. Nabarangpur is […]

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National Girl Child Day 2020

To spread awareness about all inequalities girl children face in the society, the Government of India and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, on January 24, 2008, decided to celebrate the day as the National Girl Child Day. The central government even launched a scheme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ with an initial funding of […]

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