DFID to provide Rs 300 cr for Orissa's health infrastructure

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (UNI) The Department for International Development (DFID) will provide Rs 300 crore during the next five years for development of infrastructure in the health sector in Orissa.

This was announced at a meeting of the National Rural Health Mission held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.

Besides, the state government would spend Rs 150 crore for infrastrcture development in three medical colleges --SCB Medical College Cuttack, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, and VSS Medical College and Hospital, Sambalpur, sources said.

The meeting resolved to constitute Village Welfare Samiti in every village for the improvement of health care and sanitation system.

The Samiti will work for educating the people about the health care and sanitation system and in particular about the health of the mother and child and the eradication of malaria, leprosy and tuberculosis.

The Samiti, which would function under the Chairmanship of a Ward member would also prepare the village health plan, the sources said.

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