NPCDCS set for major boost

Published: 23rd March 2013 11:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2013 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

The National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in the State is set for a major boost with the non-communicable diseases (NCD) complexes in five districts entering final stages of construction.

The integrated complexes are being set up at the district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) for providing comprehensive care to patients under NPCDCS and the National Programme for Healthcare to Elderly (NPHCE).

With everything moving right, they could go into operation within the next two to three months.

The emphasis is on getting the critical care units (CCU) functional as soon as possible. The list of equipment along with the approved companies and the prices have been uploaded on the web for the respective districts to place orders as soon as they are ready.

“Malkangiri district has taken the lead in this respect and placed the order for the equipment required for its CCU. The rest districts of Koraput, Nuapada, Nabrangpur and Balangir are expected to follow suit in next couple of months”, State Nodal Officer on NPCDCS and NPHCE Dr PKB Patnaik said.

Each of the two-storey complexes would comprise a six-bed CCU for cardiovascular patients, 10-bed geriatric ward, four-bed day care centre for cancer patients, two OPDS for geriatric and NCD and a physiotherapy unit. CCUs are being set up at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore each with Rs 20 lakh for construction and the rest for procuring equipment.

The geriatric units have a cost estimate of Rs 80 lakh of which Rs 60 lakh is meant for construction and the rest Rs  20 lakh for beds and other ward infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the training of the field staff for implementation of the NPCDCS and NPHCE in the five districts is underway.

Every DHH would have about four coordinators. Every PHC will have one care coordinator. There would be six staff nurses with two specifically trained in geriatric care and four in NCDs. Two physiotherapists at the DHH while every CHC would have a rehabilitation worker.

Training of these personnel has started with the help of experts from Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities for diabetes and head of geriatric medicine, SCBMCH, Prof DN Moharana. As many as 122 personnel have been trained, Dr Patnaik said.

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