Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that his administration will issue smart health cards to 3.5 million individuals in the state under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. The cards will be distributed to beneficiaries of national and state food security schemes, as well as the Annapurna and Antyodaya projects, under which women can receive treatment worth up to Rs 10 lakh per year and other family members can receive up to Rs 5 lakh each.
He noted that the state’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, which were held in strict accordance with COVID-19 norms, will herald in a new era in the state’s health sector.”I’m saddened by reports of individuals selling their land and possessions or leaving their children out of school to cover medical fees. As a result, I’ve made the decision to relieve individuals of their distress by providing them with hassle-free treatment at the greatest accessible healthcare facilities “he stated.
Patnaik said that Odisha is the first state in the country to issue smart health cards, noting that the effort will touch 3.5 crore people in 96 lakh homes in phases. He stated that the beneficiaries will be able to access health care at more than 200 hospital chains across the country, including in Odisha, and that this will improve the state’s health security.
“Odisha is better-placed than many other states in the fight against COVID-19. We supplied oxygen to 17 states for two months during the second wave and saved many lives,” the chief minister said.
“Our endeavor was to promote hockey and make the nation proud,” he remarked, referring to his government’s sponsorship of the Indian national hockey teams since 2018, which excelled at the just-finished Tokyo Olympics. He stated that the ‘Mo School Abhijaan’ will revamp 32,000 schools in the state, with 1,072 being created in the first phase.
(News input – ET)