Police moved for action against TATA and JSL

Pernicious pollution caused by TATA Steel and JSL is dragging at least 10,000 people of Vyasanagar, Jajpur into unmanageable health hazards annually, as per allegation raised before the Police seeking immediate action under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

In a signed complaint addressed to the IIC of Jajpur Road P.S., President of Saheed Bhagat Singh Yubak Sangha, Vyasanagar Sri Rajendra Biswal , Secretary Hemant Kumar Dhir and several members including Niranjan Ghadai, Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, M. Pattnaik, Chandramani Samal, Malay Biswal, A. Nayak, Satyakam Mohanty have alleged that both these industries are “spreading” life threatening dusts in the entire area by open-air transportation of fly-ash of their respective power plants where intentionally they do not use the de-dusting system in sharp disregard to legal stipulation.

“We have had enough of giant coal power stations spewing poison into the air night and day. Smog, acid rain, Toxic mercury, and fine particles embed deep in our lungs. They are literally killing us.” they have alleged.

We put below the copy of their complaint and urge upon the government to immediately intervene.

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The Dengue Menace: Chief Minister should explain why his Govt. has kept the 2003 Act inconsequential

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Nothing new I am going to say. I am going to repeat what I have said repeatedly earlier.

To save the city’s inhabitants and visitors from mosquito menace and from pernicious pollution, Orissa Legislature had stipulated in the Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 that cowsheds must stand obliterated within the limits of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) with immediate effect.

Most of government lands in important areas of Bhubaneswar are illegally occupied by the milkmen who do lucrative business by keeping hundreds of cows in sheds erected on the encroached lands. The 2003 Act was to clear the encroachments and free the capital city of pollution and mosquito menace.

They formed an organization styled ‘Orissa Milk Producers Association’ and moved the Orissa High Court against this new Law, praying for its nullification or in the alternative, direction to the Government to rehabilitate them in suitable places in the city before eviction and not to impose prohibition on running of cowsheds. Orissa High Court rejected their plea.

They went to the Supreme Court of India against the order of the High Court. There they also failed.

The Supreme Court, in deciding Civil Appeal No.940 of 2006 arising out of SLP (C) Nos. 16362-16363 of 2004, made it absolutely clear that the milkmen must be evicted from the limits of BMC and must not be rehabilitated anywhere in the City and its periphery, as “Right to environment being a fundamental right, it is the duty of the State to make it sure that people get a pollution free surrounding”.

The milkmen had pleaded that the present Chief Minister’s father had assured them with rehabilitation and hence they should be given plots in substitute to run their business. Rejecting this plea, the Supreme Court had declared, “In view of the 2003 Act, even the doctrine of Promissory Estoppels will have no application”.

It had further ordered that the milkmen cannot even be allowed to put up cowsheds in villages bordering Bhubaneswar. “As by reason of the Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, within the periphery of the town, dairies or cowsheds cannot be maintained, the State cannot be entitled to adhere to its earlier plan of rehabilitating them in villages mentioned therein”, the Supreme Court had said while observing, “Not only filth, stench and unhealthy places have to be eliminated, but the (town planning) would be such that it helps in achieving family values, youth values, seclusion and clean air to make the locality a better place to live

Thus the Supreme Court has not only rejected the plea of milkmen to have cow-buffalo-swine-sheds in Bhubaneswar, but also has fortified the provisions laid down under Sections 409, 543 and 548 of The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, which prohibit keeping animals of cow category anywhere within and around the city limits.

The judgment delivered on February 2, 2006 is published in (2006) 3 Supreme Court Cases 229.

So, there was no legal problem at all over demolition of cowsheds and eviction of milkmen with their herds of animals to free the city from stench and flies and mosquitoes and malaria and filariasis and dengue and threats of cancer and tuberculosis.(ORISSA MATTERS, January 7, 2009).

But, for reasons best known to the Chief Minister, the milkmen, instead of getting evicted, are protected by the department directly under his charge.

Another Severe danger to human health

As the corrupt government has protected this menacing danger to human health, the city of Bhubaneswar has become a den of nitrous oxide, methane and other greenhouse gases as well as noxious stinks produced by these illegal cowsheds.

It is established that ammonia (NH3) evaporating from cow dung and urine play havoc with environment. An adult cow emits 80 to 110 kilograms of methane gas over its lifetime. Four thousand illegal cowsheds in Bhubaneswar harbor at least 4,00,000 adult cows at the rate of 100 per shed in the average. So, one fears, Bubaneswar is forced to face 400, 000, 00 kg methane gas menace, because Naveen Patnaik’s government is in nexus with the milkmen.

The whole city is under layers of arsenic gas generated by burning of cow dung cakes by the milkmen for cooking and for repelling mosquitoes from their cowsheds and attached huts where they live. Arsenic is slow-poisoning the people residing near the cowsheds and specifically, the children. Cases of TB, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia, Lung Cancer are increasingly hitting the Bhubaneswar Hospitals. Malaria, Filarial infection, Dengue and such other diseases caused by mosquitoes, various allergies, skin diseases, and cardiac problems are in the rise in the obstinately unhygienic environment the milkmen have created.

Offense against the Assembly

To save Bhubaneswar from this monstrous danger, the Assembly had laid down under Sections 409, 543 and 548 of The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 that the city must be immediately made free of Milkmen. Their association, as already shown supra, had challenged it up to the Supreme Court and failed. Yet it is not implemented. If anything, it is a naked offense against the Orissa Legislative Assembly.

 Scam that possibly funds the CM

As my sources say, the milkmen were paying Rs.300/- as protection money to GA department Officials which after enactment of the Act of 2003 had reached Rs.2000/- per cowshed. After the Supreme Court rejected the milkmen’s case and fully endorsed the Act of 2003, giving a direction to the State government to oust the milkmen forthwith from the city limits and periphery of Bhubaneswar, the protection money has been increased from Rs.2000/- to Rs.4000/- well within the knowledge of the Chief Minister.

If Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not involved with this scam, he should come forward to clear the doubts by explaining as to why his administration has not taken any step to demolish the cowsheds and to evict the cowherds and to free the government plots from their encroachments and to save Bhubaneswar from mosquito menace, from mosquito induced calamities like dengue, pollution, from the hazards of nitrous gases, from arsenic poison, from ammonia, from filth of cow dung and stench and from abnormal rise of temperature and collapse of its habitable climate under impact thereof.

Supreme Court verdict goes barren

The most beneficial Act has most brazenly been rendered inconsequential by Naveen Patnaik. And in this, we see, the Supreme Court verdict has gone barren.

It is time, the Supreme Court should ask the CBI or appoint a special Commission to conduct an in-depth investigation into why the State Government has slept over its order passed in Civil Appeal No.940 of 2006 arising out of SLP (C) Nos. 16362-16363 of 2004, published in (2006) 3 Supreme Court Cases 229.

We may remind the Supreme Court that in the said order it had mandated that “Right to environment being a fundamental right it is the duty of the State to make it sure that people get a pollution free surrounding”.

We may further remind the Supreme Court that in the said order, it had emphasized that. “Not only filth, stench and unhealthy places have to be eliminated, but the (town planning) would be such that it helps in achieving family values, youth values, seclusion and clean air to make the locality a better place to live”.

3 ft high cow dung on the road, the cow shed behind the green fense4 to 5 ft high heap of cow dung on western main road to Capital HospitalThe pictures of filth  given here are captured with the camera near about the State Secretariat. Minister Sanjay Das Burma is staying about 50 meters from this spot. many ruling-party heavyweights and IAS officers are living around this spot. This is the picture of a very important nerve center of  Bhubaneswar. What is happening in the interior of the City can easily be imagined.  As already said, there are 4000 such spots where cowherds are keeping hundreds of cows in illegally built up sheds, filling the entire area with filth. The Supreme Court as well as you dear visitors may please appreciate that no camera can capture the stench. Just imagine, how is Naveen Patnaik managing the affairs.

I call upon every responsible person, who peruses this posting, to ask the Chief Minister of Orissa to explain as to why he has kept the 2003 Act inconsequential if he is not involved with the Rs.1.6 crores monthly scam generated by his perceivable nexus with the milkmen.

demolition of temples_threedemolition of shopsThese pictures would show how slums and kiosks, even temples are razed down in course of retrieving public premises from encroachments. But, despite the specific Act of 2003 and  orders  of the Orissa High Court and the Supreme Court of India  no cowshed has ever faced the eviction crew.
Dengue is taking heavy tolls of human life and all other hazards as noted above are pushing people into death’s pernicious grip. But the milkmen are protected, possibly because around 4000 milkmen are greasing the palms of fellows empowered to implement the Act and the verdicts with at least Rs.4000/- per month. Shame!

HAVE THE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS GONE LAZY? NO. THEY HAVE LOST THEIR STAMINA UNDER SLOW STARVATION

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Wherever workers from neighboring States are available, agriculture is somewhat managed there. But rest of Orissa is suffering loss in agriculture as local workers are reluctant to work.

Some allege that availability of rice at the rate of one rupee per kg is making them lazy.

This is not true.

I have interviewed hundreds of workers in my own place Tigiria and Athgarh that are receiving one-rupeean-rice to know why are they reluctant to work.

As I love them, I had no hesitation to ask a group of yesteryear’s excellent agricultural workers at Puruna Tigiria: Alasua hoigala ki re? (Have you become lazy, dear all?). Many of them said, “Alasuami nuhen; Bala pauni” (laziness is not the reason of our reluctance to work, but we lack in strength to work.)

If you read it correctly, you would know, though they are not starved because of the one-rupeean-rice, they are in slow-starvation because of this rice. And, condition of slow-starvation is eating away their stamina.

In this regime, people have been forced to fill up their stomachs with stone. An instance had come to light as two TV stringers had captured stone eating in their cameras and a TV channel owned by a BJD heavyweight had telecast it. Naveen babu’s government dismissed the news as fabricated and subjected the two reporters to prosecution under charges of sedition. In ORISSA MATTERS I had put the matter before the public under the caption:

Stop prosecuting OTV reporters and admit your mistakes, Mr. Minister

And, I had conducted an investigation into how the government was handling the issue. The details of my finding were published under the caption:

Starvation: Govt tries to hush up stone eating

Thereafter, rice for Rs.2 per kg scheme was contrived.

This scheme was meant to avoid starvation deaths by putting people in slow-starvation.

ORISSA MATTERS had carried the official version under the caption:

Orissa Administration Finally Admits that 59 lakhs of families are under slow starvation

When it was noted that the people had no money to pay even Rs. 2/- per a Kg of rice, Naveen reduced the rate to Rupee one only, so that slow starvation would continue and mass starvation deaths could be avoided.

And, this scheme has kept our people in slow starvation, even as the party in power has been exploiting their  inanition to drag their votes to its boxes in elections from Panchayat to Parliament.

Naveen perhaps is sure that as long as the poor people of Orissa are kept in slow starvation, he shall be in power by dragging their inane votes to BJD boxes.

And, we know, this trick may keep him in power as long as stark inanition of the majority population thriving under slow starvation keeps the voters confused. But unless the trick is foiled, agriculture – the real strength of the State – will be lost in the labyrinth of misrule.

Sociologists, social scientists, political economists, medico-legal specialists should come forward to study this serious phenomenon without any loss of time.

Child Mortality in Shishubhavan: TV Channels worsen the situation

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Shishubhavan, Orissa’s topmost tertiary centre of pediatric treatment has all on a sudden emerged as a child mortality centre because of irresponsible TV hubbub that has led to demolition of public confidence in this super-specialty institute, which has the history of putting back smiles to at least 98 percent of parents by curing their critically ill children.

There is no abnormal rise in mortality rate in the period under television focus. But the TV channels have behaved very abnormally irresponsible. They have created panic in public by reporting on how many children have died, but have never revealed how many critically ill children have been cured in the corresponding period. And they have never reported under what condition and in what stage and manner the children who died were brought to Shishubhavan.

I have studied the situation. The death rate is as usual – 1 to 2 percent.

I have studied the report, which the CDMO, Cuttack has sent to the Government basing upon the result of enquiry conducted by three senior most physicians namely Dr. Ramesh Chandra Panda (ADMO, FW), Dr. Abani Kumar Pattanaik (ADMO, Medical) and Dr. Bhaskar Kar (Spl.Paediatric, DHH,Cuttack). This report, covering the period from August 20 to 24, 2015 as referred to the CDMO clearly says that “adequate treatment was given to all the patients as per requirement” and “all the babies were critically ill at the time of admission“.

The enquiry team should have reported how many babies were admitted in the hospital during the period under reference and/or how many babies were discharged from the hospital on being cured in that time. Sadly, the reference was deficient in this regard and resultantly the enquiry did not cover this aspect. Another enquiry is being conducted by the DMET as the above report has suggested for investigation into “the cause of death” by “a panel of experts (Prof. of Paediatrics)”. We shall wait and watch what the experts would say.

But at this stage we may say that, Shishubhavan is receiving baby patients in critical / terminal stage when survival chances are almost nil.

Due to political and bureaucratic mismanagement the Health Mission has almost failed.

Under the mission, there are 682 Delivery Centres (DC) all over the State, where rural and semi-urban mothers are supposed to be helped with “trained” personnel. The mission is to help expectant mothers reach these Centres through free ambulance service under the care of ‘Asha’ assistants and get physicians’ help in delivery. In any case of complications, the patient is to be taken care of in First Referral Units (FRU). There are 49 such FRUs. Yet, if complications continue, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) established in every district headquarters hospitals would take care of the newborns. There are 24 NICUs in Orissa.

When all these centers fail, the child is referred to the Shishubhavan, where, obviously it reaches in terminal stage. Despite this, 98 to 99 percent children survive by treatment in this hospital.

The TV channels are intriguingly silent over this splendid achievement. They have never let us know in which of the centres like DC, FRU or NICU, in what stage and condition, the child suffered wrongful treatment and why it took turn towards the worse. They have only irresponsibly focused on the Tertiary Centre – Shishubhavan – in a way to project it as a centre of child mortality.

Had the TV Channels done a bit research, they could have easily marked where the defect lies in child care that leads to death even after admission in the Shishubhavan. They have done nothing of this sort, except scathing attack on Shishubhavan. It helps only the private clinics.

I would like to point out two aspects of death, which the noising TV channels have not bothered to deal with.

In respect to the first aspect, I will cite two instances of neonatal deaths occurred during the focused period (20 to 24 August 2015). One is, a 3 days old baby of Anjulata Das of Kultia, Bhadrak who was a case of ‘Birth Asphxia’. The other is, a 4 days old baby of Sebati Bibhar of Mahulpali, Bheden, Bargarh, who succumbed to ‘Septicemia DIC’. In such critical stage, they had undergone long tedious journey on dusty roads in severely unhealthy vehicles from Bhadrak and Bargarh districts respectively. They were at the verge of death, but were not denied admission; because the tertiary centre cannot do that. They were admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where despite all available super-specialty treatment, they succumbed to ‘birth asphyxia’ and ‘septicemia DIC’ respectively. The TV channels bent upon to defame the Shishubhavan have never discussed the environment of death the babies were subjected to before reaching the tertiary centre.

The second aspect is that, all the 30 children, who died during the focused period, are of economically weaker class. Not a single one of them was of the wealthy class.

So, the political economy of neonatal and child mortality was the most important aspect on which the TV channels – if they are truly concerned about baby deaths – should have focused. But they have not. Because of them and other wings of rich irresponsible media, the only most efficient and dependable tertiary centre of Paediatric treatment in Orissa having severely been defamed, parents would not dare now to bring their babies to this hospital. Resultantly, avaricious private clinics would get massive flow of patients and child mortality will stupendously rise, though there shall be no reports on that, as ill equipped private clinics mushrooming all over the State are mostly not reachable to luxuriously living TV journalists who have the notorious ability to interfere with thinking process of their viewers.

In such circumstances, it is incumbent upon the government to put TV media under leash in public interest. TV channels must not be allowed to make journalism anarchic.

Non-Oriya Health Secretary Sabotages the Minister: CM Ought to Know, His Party is spreading AIDS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When on July 7, in presence of Panchayati Raj and Law Minister Mr. Arun Kumar Sahoo and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Employment, Technical Education and Training Minister Mr. Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Information and Public Relations Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak told me on his own accord, in his Secretariat chamber, that, the issue I had raised has been ordered to be implemented immediately, I was very happy and was sure, Orissa shall be saved from a great disaster.

But I had no idea that his Secretary – a non-Oriya IAS officer – would sabotage him and continue infecting people of Orissa with AIDS through unsafe blood supplied by Red Cross Blood Banks without proper screening.

I had stumbled upon a case of AIDS caused to a 3 year old boy in 2012.

He was a victim of blood transfusion on operation table.

The blood he was given was infected with HIV.

He was a native of a village of Baramba adjoining my birthplace Tigiria. His father had given me the details of how the misfortune engulfed him and had requested me to take such steps that no child should be such a victim of medial mismanagement. His sobs and tears are still alive in my heart.

I investigated into it and found that in 2011 the Orissa High Court, on awarding a cash punishment to the State to the tune of Rs.3 lakhs, had directed that the Orissa Government must immediately adopt NAT method of blood screening as the prevailing method of ELISA was not competent enough to detect HIV in its “window Period”. The Government was sleeping over it.

I exposed the malady repeatedly with updated input. It attracted attention of Sri Prasad Harichandan, then the Opposition Chief Whip, who moved an adjournment motion on the topic. On September 1, 2012, the then health Minister Dr. Damodar Raut answered the motion with an emphatic YES to the NAT method and announced to adopt the method in all Blood Banks “in phased manner”, which would start with four major Blood Banks serving the 3 Government Medical Colleges and the Capital Hospital.

He could not see his announcement implemented because the health secretary and a few mandarins were interested in continuance of the ELISA method.

I continued to expose the apathy of administration in this particular matter, as a big population of transfusion dependent patients were sure to be affected by the dreaded virus. Taking the cue, almost all newspapers of Orissa used their spaces time and again in this mission; but the mandarins did not buzz.

After election 2014, the portfolio of Health came to the hands of the young dynamic Minister Atanu Sabyasach Nayak.

I raised the issue before him, cries of the unfortunate man of Baramba still vibrating in my heart.

He took two days to study the matter and sent the following “Note” (No.23, Dt.19.9.2014) to the Secretary:

“This is regarding implementation of NAT screening method for blood in four centres catering to 6 major blood banks of the State.

The Hon’ble High Court in 2011 on one PIL case filed before it had passed an order for earliest implementation of NAT. The then Hon’ble Minister, Health and F.W., Odisha had assured on the floor of the House for implementation of NAT in phased manner while answering an adjournment motion in the subject on 01,09,2012. A Technical Committee constituted by the Government had visited two States i.e. Karnatak and Uttarpradesh and inspected various centres where NAT was implemented and had given their report.

I am told, the SBTC was directed to go ahead for implementation of the project. The major procedure involving Financial and Technical formalities are also over. The Technical Expert Committee has also given its views on the Request of Proposal received.

It is a matter of concern, why the important decision to implement the direction of Hon’ble High Court has not been operationalized till date.

A detail report in this regard is to be called for at the earliest. A meeting in this regard may also be convened at your level as early as possible to expedite the process.
Sd.
A.S.Nayak,16.9.14

One year has passed away since then. Implementation is hanging under many pretenses.

This is a classic instance of how incompetent or ill-motivated mandarins in the Secretariat have been playing tricks upon the political Government.

It is an instance of how a non-Oriya IAS officer has continuously kept the Minister in dark, while pushing at least two Oriyas into AIDS everyday by forcing unsafe blood upon them.

Yesterday, the Chief Minister addressed a workshop of his party in matter of Jivan Sindhu, a project of BJD to make the party appear concerned for the people. It transpired from his speech that since commencement of this project six months ago, its collection of blood has reached 37,232 units.

Medico-scientific surveys have established, and the High Level Technical Committee held under the chairmanship of the Health Secretary on 17.10.2014 had held that, “NAT yield (ELISA Negative & NAT positives) is around 500: 1” which means, NAT method detects one case in every 500 units as HIV positive and ELISA detects none.

All the blood units in Orissa are being screened in ELISA method. This prompts us to suspect that out of the 37,232 units of blood collected and supplied by BJD during this six months under the banner of Jivan Sindhu under guidance of the Chief Minister, AIDS causing viruses have been pumped into at least 76 unsuspecting patients.

This is a very serious situation.

Jivan Sindhu is a political program of the ruling party aimed at appearing pro-people as it is increasingly being viewed as a server of avaricious industries at the cost of indigenous population. The CM wants that, before the next election, its blood collection should exceed 5 lakh units.Vote bank politics can go to any extent.

If NAT is not immediately implemented, the said 5 lakh units would be forcing at least 1,000 Oriyas into AIDS by way of blood transfusion.

Health Minister Atanu babu should immediately wake up as the concerned Minister and foil the foul game of the non-Oriya IAS officer, who, as Commissioner-cum-Secretary has been presiding over the horrific delay in implementation of the already approved program, is playing; or if he is unable to administer his Secretary, the attention of this Chief Minister should immediately be drawn into this malicious conduct of the mandarins.

Human life is more precious than the lady IAS officer, whose negligence and incompetency is pushing unsuspecting Oriya patients into the pernicious grip of HIV.

Any further delay must not be allowed.

Assembly in Session // Has Mining helped Orissa? The question is directly put to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, history will certainly note, has squandered away Orissa’s mineral wealth in the name of earning for the State Exchequer. I have written on the subject so many times in these pages. Without going to any further elaboration, I will prefer to place here what his Minister of Mines Sri Prafulla Mallik has put on records in answering a query from Sri Dillip Ray (BJP) in the Assembly.

According to the Minister, the State has earned Rs. 5305.58 crores in the last financial year (2014-15) against mining worth Rs. 54,491.69 crores. In the preceding year (2013-14) the revenue earned was Rs.5,519.57 crores against mining worth Rs.54,556.73 crores. In 2012-13, the State had earned Rs.5,679.35 crores while Orissa was denuded of minerals worth Rs.34,994.28 crores.

Thus, according to the government, Orissa has been denuded of minerals worth Rs.143,940 crores and 70 lakhs during only three years from 2012-13 to 2014-15, while earning for its exchequer a sum of only Rs.16504 crores and 50 lakhs.

Orissa government is deliberately not examining the cost of health hazards to which people are dragged into by the mining and related industries.

A single case study, which is the only research on the subject available so far,  covering a small patch of Anugul and Talcher years ago, gives us a chance to imagine to what unfathomable extent of damage mining and related industries are subjecting us to.

Scholar Dr. M. Mishra had conducted a case study of environmental economy in a micro level, under the head “Health Cost of Industrial Pollution in Angul-Talcher Industrial Area in Orissa, India”. In this research done a decade ago, Dr. Mishra has quantified the”health cost of pollution” to be Rs.1775 per annum in the average, only in the small patch of area under his research. This was when cost of health care was 200% less that the prevailing cost.

Just imagine what the cost of health damage management would be at the present rate all over Orissa!

Minerals are not created in a day. They take millions of years to be formed. Naveen and his likes, voted to power for a term of five years only, are finishing our mineral wealth oblivious of the needs of our future generations, obviously for private payola, when, as admitted in the above noted answer of the minister, the money earned for public exchequer is too marginally little to meet the cost of health damage, as the above cited research has indicated.

Will the Assembly in session note of it?

And, if the Assembly takes note, will the Chief Minister reveal, by way of study results, the cost of the health damage caused to whole of Orissa by mining?  The question is put to him directly in public interest.

Good News for Orissa: HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital makes latest PET CT Scanner available

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

I survived cancer, not only because of Prof. Dr. N.P.Gupta of AIIMS, New Delhi, but also because of Dr. Tusar Mohapatra of Nuclear Medicine department who had conducted PET CT Scan on me to assist Prof. Gupta to free me from malignancy a decade ago.

I am thrilled to note that this unique advanced system is now available with its latest generation equipment in Orissa as HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital has installed it with LSO Crystal Technology, that would save many of our homeland from the disadvantage of rushing to New Delhi or to Mumbai or that type of distant destinations.

When correct and appropriate treatment and favourable outcome depends upon accurate, precise and early diagnosis of any disease including cancer, PET CT Scan is an ultramodern machine with advanced technology for very early diagnosis of disease. It plays a very important role for diagnosis. In comparison to already available imaging procedures in the medical science, i.e.; Ultra Sound, CT Scan and MRI, the PET scan is highly sensitive in detection of pathological tissues in the body like cancer, infections and inflammations.

Chairman-cum- CEO of HCG Group of Hospitals Dr. B.S. Ajai Kumar has declared that they have a planning to provide all such ultra modern facilities in diagnosis and treatment in this centre for the Cancer patients of Orissa.
Prof. Dr. Krupasindhu Panda, the Medical Director of HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital, maintains that 50 percent of all cancer patients get cured because of early detection and prompt medical intervention. The new facility of PET CT Scan now easily available to people of Orissa in their own state would immensely enhance the percentage of cure. Happily, Dr. Tusar Mohapatra, about whom I have mentioned above, would be available for the PET CT seekers. The Hospital is also having the services of Radiation Oncology Consultant Dr. Ranjit Kar.

PET CT ScannerPET CT Scanner not only detects the cancer tissues very early in its course, and thus aids in diagnosis, but also it correctly depicts the spread of cancer cells into other parts of the body. That helps appropriate treatment decision whereby unnecessary complicated surgical treatment can be avoided.

In comparison with expensive Chemotherapy, PET scan accurately predicts the treatment response very early in course, so that the decision to continue or discontinue and switching over to second line chemotherapy may be taken. It helps the Radiation Oncologist in giving appropriate and accurate amount of radiation in the cancer tissue. By detecting the recurrence of cancer at very early stage, PET scan helps in instituting early treatment. from cancer, PET Scan plays a very important and valuable role in case of cardiology patients whilst taking decision to go for medical management on stenting procedure or By-Pass surgery.

Patients suffering from memory loss, seizure & brain tumours are also successfully evaluated and thus correct treatment can be instituted.

Patients suffering from prolonged fever that remain undiagnosed for months after repeated and expensive medical tests are also greatly benefited by PET Scan procedure in evaluating fever.

The greatest advantage of PET scan is that the entire body can be scanned within 10 to 15 minutes time. No specific preparation is required before the scanning procedure except a small duration fasting. It doesn’t have any significant side effect.

According to Prof. Panda, the LSO Crystal technology in PET CT Scanner with decay period of 4 nano seconds gives an edge over all other diagnostic procedures facilities available.

DSC01777The picture shows that the new facility was inaugurated by Health Minister Mr. Atanu Sabyasachai on 7th this month, who, while doing so, was getting apprised of on necessity of the machine for the people. Will he learn from Dr. Panda and lead his department to procure and install this essential system in a well connected major hospital like that of the SCB Medical College by equipping the institute with the necessary department of Nuclear Medicine? There are many doctors of Orissa with their super-specialty training in Nuclear medicine, who may be offered suitable postings in the medical college for best utilization of the facility if Sri Nayak so desires. Such a facility in a government medical College would help the people to have PET CT Scan at a marginal price. But has this Government the heart for the people?

However, with the facility offered by the HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital, patients of Orissa have no more to travel to distance places like Hyderabad, Mumbai or Delhi to avail this novel imaging facility. And, cost-wise, it would be certainly less than what the outside institutes charge and travel and accommodation expenses call for.