BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Monday allocated Rs 1.98 crore for the leprosy eradication initiatives and development of infrastructure under the Hind Kusht Nibaran Sangh, Orissa chapter, for 2010-11. This was decided at the executive body meeting of the Sangh chaired by State Health and Family Welfare Minister Prasanna Acharya and attended by Woman and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick. Of the allocated amount, the Health and Family Welfare department would provide Rs 1.30 crore and the rest Rs 59.34 lakh would be footed by the Women and Child Development department.
The money from the Health department would be spent on development of the Leprosy Home and Hospitals at Cuttack and Health Home at Hatibari in Sambalpur district. It would also be utilised at the State-level Leprosy Eradication programme.
The funds from W&CD department would be utilised in development and management of the Dr Isaac Santra Health Home at Sambalpur, Baleswar Louis Leprosy Colony, Parlakhemundi MDJLC Leprosy Health Clinic and Rameshwarpur Rehabilitation and Training Centre. The executive body took up the issue of begging by leprosy patients at different tourist spots, mainly in Puri and Konark. It was decided that they would be picked up and rehabilitated at the Rameshwarpur Centre. The meeting also decided to set up Rogi Kalyan Samitis at the Leprosy Home and Hospital, Cuttack and Health Home, Hatibari, Sambalpur.
They would be brought under the ambit of the National Rural Health Mission for facilitating the Samitis and thereby streamlining the management of the institutions.
The HKNS would also submit a proposal to the Government for increasing the allowances for food and clothing of the inmates in the leprosy homes and hospitals in view of the fast escalating prices. About Rs 10 crore is needed for repair and maintenance of the buildings, the executive body noted. Among others, Health Secretary Anu Garg, Director, Social Welfare Sujata K Pandiyan, Lepra India Regional Director Harish Singh and Family Welfare Director Dr N K Mishra were present.