Govt Seeks to Better Child Health Plan

Published: 02nd February 2015 06:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2015 06:20 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Government is trying to improve the quality of services under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) which was launched last year in the State from Baripada.

Addressing a workshop on the initiative, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said the programme has been launched in all districts in a phased manner. At least 618 mobile health check-up vans have been deployed as part of the programme. These mobile units are visiting non-residential schools twice a year and residential schools every three months. Anganwadi centres are covered twice a year to check health status of the children, she said.

The programme, as part of National Rural Health Mission, targets health check-up of children till the age of six in Anganwadi centres. The adolescents are covered in schools, Mission Director Roopa Mishra said.

For special medical attention, the children will be admitted to district early interventions centres and if necessary, at medical colleges and hospitals and earmarked health centres of the districts, Mishra added.

Mishra said emphasis is being given to improve the quality of service under the programmes so that early childhood illness among children can be detected and addressed. Consultant to the Union Government Dr Arun Singh also spoke on the occasion. 


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