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World Physiotherapy Day: 4 New IPU-TC Units Opened At CHCs, 10-bed Dormitory Inaugurated at ARC In Sundargarh

Various programmes were flagged off in Sundargarh district to mark the ‘World Physiotherapy Day’ on September 8, 2022.  On the occasion, the Integrated Physiotherapy Unit and Therapeutic Centre (IPU-TC) programme for the treatment and rehabilitation of peorsons with disabilities (PwDs) has been extended to four (4) more Community Health Centres (CHC) in the district. 

The four new IPU-TC units have been inaugurated on the premises of the CHCs in Majhapara, Subdega, Bisra and the UCHC Panposh.      

Hon’ble MLA Rourkela Shri Sarada Prasad Nayak inaugurated the IPU-TC unit at the Panposh UCHC. He oversaw the various therapy equipments available at the unit and heaped praises on the District Administration for the initiative. Similarly, while the new facilities at the Majhapara and Subdega CHCs were inaugurated at the hands of CDM&PHO Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra, BDO Anshuman Das inaugurated the one at the Bisra CHC. 

Earlier, IPU-TC units were operational at 10 CHCs in the district. With the inclusion of four more, the number has now climbed to 14. Provision of E-Auto Ambulance service has been made to ferry persons with disabilities (PwDs) and ailing senior citizens to the IPU-TC units free of cost. 

“The IPU-TC units in the district are playing a leading role in the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities (PwDs) through a host of advanced therapies. These units are opened at the Community Health Centres (CHCs) to provide Integrated Therapy to people, especially in rural areas. A target has been set to open six more units in the districts in a phased manner,” said CDM&PHO Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra.       

A range of therapeutic treatment by trained therapists is provided to patients at the IPU-TC units free of cost. A separate ward has been opened for the treatment of children at each of these facilities. Patients in rural areas are especially benefitted by the advanced treatment which has been made available at CHC level.  

Advanced physiotherapy service has assumed importance for the treatment and rehabilitation of people with congenital disorders, post-accident complications, neurological and lifestyle issues as well as persons with disabilities (PwDs).

CDM&PHO Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra inaugurated a special 10- bed dormitory at the Sundargarh District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) campus, meant for the boarding of beneficiaries seeking treatment at the Advanced Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) and their relatives.

Similarly, the World Physiotherapy Day was observed at the Therapeutic Service Centre (TSC) in the Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Sundargarh campus. A discussion on the topic, ‘Exercising with Osteoarthritis’ was held on the occasion.

CDM&PHO Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra, Dean GMCH Prof. Dr. Daitari Routray, Superintendent Prof. Dr. Pankaj Kumar Parida, Prof & HOD Orthopedic Dept. Dr. Satyajeet Ray and Nodal Officer ARC Dr. CM Shankar were present at the event.

The day witnessed various public awareness programmes at the 10 IPU-TC units in the district. People in different places were briefed about the array of treatment available at these centres for relief from Osteoarthritis. 

Additional District Health Officer Dr. Purna Chandra Sahoo, ADUPHO Dr. Pushpamitra Sahoo, Superintendent, Majhapara CHC Dr. Rajesh Hembram, BDO Subdega Ms. Priyadarshini Panda and Medical Officer Dr. Sangram Patel were among those present during the inauguration of the 4 new IPU-TC units and the dormitory at the ARC in Sundargarh.    

During the day, a blood donation camp was organized at the District Athletic Association by ASHA workers engaged in the urban areas of Sundargarh. A total of 51 units of blood were collected at the camp. SP Sundargarh Sagarika Nath and CDM&PHO Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra graced the occasion and encouraged the donors.

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