ODIA in aid of Odisha

Published: Jan 22, 2021, 4:52 pm IST

The Samikhsya Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Doctors’ International Association – fondly referred to as ODIA – has come forward in aid of the people and the government of their homeland.

The Association has made a long term action plan to provide quality health-care service to the marginalised sections of the society, the rural poor in particular.

Doctors from Odisha based in the USA, UK, Australia, UAE and other European and Asian countries have joined hands to launch the Golden Parachute programme for Odisha, stated Dr. Devashish Ray, Global Anchor of the mission.

“It is an ambitious mission and aggressive vision to help the Odia people,” he added.

Doctors from Odisha in North America were instrumental in setting up of the Odisha Society of the Americas Health and Wellness Group (OSA-HWG) that resulted in formation of ODIA.

Dr. Ray has been the Chairperson of OSA-HWG.

The Group was formed last year before the outbreak of the global pandemic to involve themselves in every possible manner in health-care services in Odisha.

The need for urgent formation of ODIA was felt necessary in view of the Covid crisis.

ODIA roped in popular cinema actor and philanthropist Sabyasachi Mishra as the Global Ambassador for ODIA.

Under the Golden Parachute programme of ODIA, three mobile vans for Covid testing and screening have been delivered to the Department of Health of Odisha Government.

Bedsides, a fully equipped ambulance with Covid-19 testing facilities, sponsored by ODIA, was also donated to the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

“The mission of ODIA is to promote health and wellness of people of Odisha by sharing knowledge and expertise, including telemedicine facilities. It also aims to offer professional development and create opportunities for people of Odisha by offering vocational training in healthcare,” the Association has elaborated.

Under its ongoing Golden Parachute project, ODIA has planned to adopt some villages to ensure health care and water sanitation.

Meanwhile eminent technologist Sam Pitroda, who hails from Odisha, has offered his support to the ODIA mission.

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