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Grant of $7 million for Orissa Medical College from Japan

Japan Thursday announced a grant of $7 million for upgrading a medical college in Orissa.// .."The grant assistance would enable the Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Postgraduate Institute of Paediatrics (in Cuttack) to improve its medical facilities and effectively contribute towards dispensation of healthcare to a wider population," said a statement from the Japanese embassy. .. ..Notes concerning the...

Orissa To Get New Medical Colleges Soon

It is uncertain if a second medical college will ever come up in the Western Orissa region, but there is no dearth of expression of intentions on the part of the State government. Western Orissa Development Council (WODC), after // its failed negotiation with an Andhra Pradesh based entrepreneur, struck another deal on August 17th with a Delhi based businessman to set up private medical colleges...

Bhitarkanika Sanctuary In Orissa Takes Precaution To Monitor Bird Flu

The risk of Bird flu incidence into Bhitarkanika Sanctuary in Orissa is very high as migratory birds are expected// to arrive in this sanctuary in an other 2-3 weeks. Bhitarkanika Sanctuary is about 174 km from Bhubaneswar, Orissa which has nearly 300,000 migratory birds arrive from all parts of the world during winter, the sanctuary also as a collection of very large mangrove forests and estuari...

Orissa found to be worst affected by the killer disease, AIDS

AIDS remains one of the significant problems haunting India over the past decade. The problem is particularly large in Orissa, which has recorded as many as 459 AIDS related deaths over the past three years. Out of 24,676 blood samples screened during the period between January//, 2002 and September, 2005, 2506 HIV positive cases were detected in the state. Furthermore, 641 persons were found to...

The Alarming Rates Of HIV Incidence In The Rural Districts Of Orissa

With the ever-increasing unsafe sex practices, massive migration and low awareness there has been a significant increase in the incidence of the killer disease // amongst the tribal community, living close to coastal Orissa. ....Several districts of Orissa including Ganjam, Kendrapara, Balasore Nuapada, Koraput, Rayagada, Phulbani and Sundargarh have very high rates of HIV incidence, which poses...

Campaign Against Witchcraft In Orissa

Sundergarh (Orissa): Witchcraft is still practiced in many parts of the world including the poor Indian state of Orissa. Now a rationalist is trying to educate people and tell them how this is practiced//... ..Narendra Naik, the President of Federation of All India Rationalists Association, is presently on a 13-day campaign in the villages of Orissa to spread awareness against witchcraft. ....I...

Poverty Claims Valuable Lives Of Children In Orissa

The infant mortality rate in Orissa would continue to soar if steps are not taken to improve the poverty level. Suni Naik’s family is still trying to recover after losing their third child, which died within a few hours following delivery. // ....Speaking at Talchampei village in tribal-dominated Keonjhar district, Naik said: "Two of my kids died last year. They suffered from fever. I took Rs.1,0...

Bird Flu: Orissa Initiates Protective Measures

In view of the bird flu threat, the Orissa government is considering the ban on import of eggs as a protective measure against the deadly infection. // Orissa is currently dependent upon Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh to meet the demand for eggs. ....A meeting between the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary services and hatchery owners was held recently to alleviate any fears among the public. So fa...

Orissa Bans Inclusion Of Eggs In Midday Meals

All district collectors in Orissa have been instructed to ban the provision of eggs from midday meals as a precautionary measure against bird flu. // Orissa has over 59, 700 primary schools, which provide eggs to approximately 5.2 million students every year. The ban would be retained for at least a month, according to official sources. ..'The state government has sent this instruction on Wednes...

Orissa Affected By Mysterious Fever

Officials in Orissa were bewildered as about 3,000 people in the steel town were affected by a mysterious viral fever. ....The fever was first reported in a small group at a slum// cluster in Panposh on the outskirts of Rourkela, famous for its steel plant, Monday. Since then, it has rapidly spread to other parts of the town. ....The high fever is accompanied by vomiting, headache and acute col...

HIV Positive Family Ostracized In Orissa

The people belonging to a village in Orissa ostracized a HIV positive woman and her two children, by confining the children to a corner of the classroom in their school//. ....Sanjukta, 34, lost her husband to AIDS two months ago. While she and her elder daughter have been infected, the younger daughter is healthy, said Dr P. Pradhan of the Kendrapada district hospital. ....Soon after her husba...

Spurious Liquor Claims 13 Lives In Orissa

Spurious liquor has allegedly killed at least 13 people in Orissa's Ganjam district over the past three days and left more than 15 others ill, a health official said Monday.// ..The deaths and illnesses were reported from the five hamlets of Badahuma, Khajuria Pali, Sana Ramachandrapur, Madshurchuan and Baunsiapada in Ganjam, about 130 km from here. .."Although officially we have not confirmed i...

Freedom Fighter And Orissa Congress Leader Dies Of Chest Pain

Gangadhar Mohapatra who was, an active freedom fighter and a veteran Orissa Congress leader died after a brief illness at the age of 91.// His condition has deteriorated after his recent surgery and since then he was not keeping good health. He complained of chest pain Wednesday evening and died before his family doctor could reach his residence, family members said. ..He is survived by six sons...

Orissa Confirms Bird’s Death In A Poultry Far

According to a media report over a thousand chickens have died in a poultry farm in Orissa, but the officials have denied it saying only five birds have died and the death also has nothing to do with the bird flu. // ....The birds have died in a poultry farm at Manari village in Mayurbhanj district, leading Oriya daily The Samaja said, quoting farm owner Santosh Kumar Panda. ....The dead chick...

Orissa Boy Invents Unique Communication Device For Paralysed

A 17-year-old schoolboy here has claimed to have invented a device which can enable a paralysed person to communicate using the muscles of his forehead.// ....The 'Galbenator' invented by Apurv Mishra has earned him the third position in the engineering category at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering fair at Indianapolis in USA... ..'The device is based on a new concept of dir...

Orissa’s Correspondence Student Gain Entry in Toppers’ Lit

The Orissa government has included the name of a Class 10 correspondence course student in the state's toppers list, which it had earlier failed to do, an official said Saturday//. ....The board of secondary education in the state had named 22 students of various private and government high schools in its list of toppers last Wednesday. ....But Pravas Kumar Sahu, who secured 708 out of 750 mark...

Orissa Villagers Jubilant as Girl Cleared Class X Examination

A girl in Orissa's Bhadrak district has cleared the class X examination - a feat no girl of her village has achieved so far. // ....The Belagadia village, some 150 km from the state capital of Bhubaneswar, has around 800 residents comprising mostly farmers. It does not have a school. ....Jharana Sahu used to walk almost four km every day to study at a high school in nearby Kalupur village. "Jha...

Five Tribal Children Succumbs to Pneumonia in Orissa

At least five tribal children have died of pneumonia in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district over the past month and more than 10 are suffering from the illness// , officials said Sunday. ....The children, mostly below five years age, died at Kuanrabila, a tribal village located 150 km from the district head quarter of Baripada. ....The ailing children have been brought to the local government hospital...

Abdul Kalam Moved by Orissa Topper’s Eye Disorde

President A.P.J Abdul Kalam, who is on a three-day visit to Orissa, was moved by a boy who secured the 10th rank in the state board examination despite suffering// from an eye disorder and urged doctors to help him out. ....While inaugurating the Bhubaneswar Eye Institute (BEI) located on the outskirts of state capital Monday, Kalam expressed concern about the boy's plight and hoped doctors of th...

Agricultural Workers Taken ill after Inhaling Toxic Fumes in Orissa

At least 28 agricultural workers, most of them women, were taken ill after inhaling fumes of an insecticide sprayed in a field in Orissa's Bolangir district// , official said Thursday. ....The agricultural workers inhaled fumes of the highly toxic Thimet at a field at Khairmal village, some 15 km from the district headquarters of Bolangir, Wednesday afternoon, chief district medical officer Sarad...

Orissa to Send Coke, Pepsi Samples for Testing

The Orissa government has ordered administrations of all 30 districts to collect Pepsi and Coca-Cola soft drink samples within the next three days.// ....The officials were Thursday asked to send the samples to the state capital Bhubaneswar, said a senior health department official. ....These would then be sent to a laboratory in Pune, Maharashtra, as the state government does not have testing...

Kalam's Intervention Brings Hope to Orissa Student

A poor student in Orissa's Bhadrak district now has hopes of pursuing his post-graduation after President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam intervened //in his struggle to secure a study loan. ....Imran Alli, 23, a resident of Bhadrak town, secured the first position in his graduation in social work. He managed to get admission at the National Institute of Social Work and Social Science here to pursue postgrad...

Orissa Suspects Chikungunya, Sends Blood Samples for Test

Orissa has sent blood samples of at least 24 people, suspected to be suffering from chikungunya, a viral fever caused by mosquitoes, to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.// ...."We have collected blood samples from 10 people in the coastal district of Cuttack in the last fortnight. We also collected blood samples from four people in Ganjam and 10 from Gajapati in the past two months," M....

Orissa Confirms First Dengue Case

Bhubaneswar: A hospital here confirmed the first case of the mosquito-borne dengue virus in the state with a patient testing positive for the disease, a doctor said Monday.// ...."A 30-year-old man was admitted to Kalinga Hospital here Friday with high fever and headache," Paresh Kumar Jena, consulting physician at the hospital, told IANS. ....The patient, who hails from Rajasthan, is a reside...

New Record Set By Orissa On Blood Donation

Orissa Red Cross Society jointly with Ama Odisha organization has set a new record in blood donation breaking the previous record of 2,002 units //donated on a single day. ..The chairman of Ama Odisha told the newspersons on Thursday that the previous record was broken twice during the week-long drive that was launched between 25-31st October covering 181 centres across Orissa. ..He also added...

Trauma Centres on NH-5 in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa

Under the scheme 'Assistance for capacity Building', Ministry of Health and Family Welfare provides financial assistance upto a maximum //of Rs. 1.50 crores or actual, whichever is less, for upgradation and strengthening of emergency facilities of State Hospitals of towns/cities located on National Highways. Meetings are regularly conducted with NHAI, Department of Road Transport and Highways and...

Art of Living Foundation to Set Up University in Orissa

The Art of Living Foundation of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will set up a university in Orissa// by 2008 that will be an "amalgamation of science and spirituality". ....Yezdi Batliwala of the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir (SSRVM) Trust, the educational wing of the Art of Living foundation, Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Ashok Tripathy, the secretary of the state's...

Orissa Hospital, Surgeon Fined for Wrong Treatment

A consumer forum has slapped a fine of Rs.110,000 on a private hospital and its doctor-owner in Orissa for wrongly treating a woman//. ....The Balasore district consumer redressal forum Saturday fined the Balasore-based City Clinic and its owner Pratima Pradhan for wrongly operating on the uterus of Shila Jana on July 23, 2002, the patient's lawyer Siddheswar Bag told IANS. ....Jana, a 35-year-...

40 People in Orissa Taken Ill After Consuming Poisoned Fish

Kendrapada: At least 40 people including nine children fell ill after consuming poisoned dead fish// from a pond in Orissa's Kendrapada district, police said Friday. ....Residents of Dashipur village, some 45 km from the district headquarters of Kendrapada and 70 km from the state capital, Bhubaneswar, brought fish from their village pond and fell ill after consuming fish curry Thursday, office...

Heat Wave Claims Three Lives in Orissa

The scorching heat wave that had been sweeping across Orissa for the past few days has so far claimed three people. It is the result of the soaring temperature which// has crossed 40 degree Celsius in many parts of the state, officials said. ....The western town of Sundergarh recorded Monday 42 degrees Celsius, the western towns of Bhabanipatna, Bolangir and the coastal town of Chandbali recorde...

Orissa Woman Gave Birth to Identical Triplets

A 24-year-old woman in Orissa Saturday delivered identical triplets, a rarity that occurs once in approximately one million births, a doctor said . ......Rajalakhi Das gave birth to three girls in Kendrapada town, about 100 km from Bhubaneswar. ......The babies were born without any medical complications two weeks prior to the full term of the pregnancy, hospital paediatrician Nakul Sahoo told...

Anthrax Kills Six in Orissa

Anthrax has killed six people and affected 32 in a tribal-dominated Orissa district in the past fortnight, say officials. ......All the deaths took place in Koraput district. The victims contracted the disease after eating rotten buffalo meat, officials said. ......Two people from the Paraja and Sirimunda village, some 500 km from here, died of the disease on May 20 and 21, while four more suc...

Orissa Under Anthrax Threat

Bhubaneswar, June 1 (IANS) Two people in Orissa's Koraput district have died of anthrax, a fairly uncommon disease while many people have been infected by the virus, health officials said Friday. ......Bisu Sisa, 45 and Nanda Jani, 35, of Koraput district, nearly 500 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, reportedly showed signs of infection after consuming cattle meat and died last week, Chief Dis...

Chikungunya Scare in Orissa: 4 Die

Panic gripped Kural village in Orissa's Nayagarh district after four persons died due from suspected chikungunya in the past four days, a health official told Sunday. ......The dead have been identified as Sibaram Das, Mochi Patra, Aparti Sahu, and Ghanashyam Panda. They were among the 642 persons affected by the disease in the village, nearly 120 km from Bhubaneswar. ......The village is the...

Anthrax Claims Two Lives in Orissa

Two people have died of anthrax in Orissa's tribal dominated Koraput district, while five have contracted the deadly disease in the last two days, health officials said Friday. ......Bisu Sisa, 45, of Phulba village and Nanda Jani, 35, of Padiguda village under Semliguda block in Koraput, nearly 500 km from Bhubaneswar, fell to the disease reportedly after consuming cattle meat. ......K.H. Red...

Sunstroke Has Claimed Eight Lives So Far in Orissa in Two Months

At least eight people have died due to sunstroke in the past two months across Orissa, officials said Monday . ......While three deaths have been reported from the southern district of Ganjam, one death each has been reported from the districts of Balasore, Kandhamal, Kendrapada, Nuapada and Sundergarh, D.N. Sahu, an official of the state revenue control room, told IANS. ......We received compl...

Disabled Orissa Brothers Lives Saved by Timely Intervention

Help is finally on the way for 70-year-old Hakimuddin of Orissa and his three physically challenged sons with the district administration promising assistance after the impoverished man wrote to India's president seeking permission to end their lives. ......The district collector of Bhadrak in Orissa constituted a team of doctors and administrative officials to conduct an inquiry on the conditi...

Orissa CM Orders Probe into Female Foeticides

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday ordered police to probe into the recent incidents of female foeticide in the state's Nayagarh district, officials said . ......On July 14, seven female foetuses, about eight months old, were found in polythene packets at Pratapgarh cave near Duburi in Nayagarh district, some 100 km from here, by local residents. ......Police has registered a case in...

Diarrhoea Claims Three Lives in Flood-hit Orissa

At least three people died of watery diarrhoea while over 200 were ailing from the disease in Orissa's Balasore district where floods have played havoc, officials said Saturday . ......The disease has gripped over 20 villages including Basta, Baliapal, Bhogarai and Jaleswar, a district health official said. ......At least 84 people from these villages were admitted in different health centres in...

Fake Drug Factory Busted in Orissa

A spurious medicine manufacturing unit was busted in Orissa's Bolangir district and fake drugs worth over Rs.20 million were seized, police said Saturday. ......A police team raided a factory owned by Sankarlal Agarwal at Kantabanji town, over 400 km from here, late Friday and seized the fake drugs, district police chief Himansu Kumar Lal who led the team, told IANS. ......Agarwal confessed th...
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