Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 30:
The Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) in the Odisha capital is all set to start its outpatient department (OPD) for referral patients on select diseases from Saturday on its campus.
The OPD will be operational thrice a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) initially for screening of people for filariasis, respiratory diseases, tuberculosis and haemoglobinopathies. For viral diseases, it will be open for two days a week (Tuesday and Saturday). Gradually it will be extended to five days a week. Besides, services for diabetes and hypertension patients will be added to the services soon, RMRC Director Dr SK Kar said.
Notably, the RMRC, established in 1989, is currently running a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) outpatient department at the Capital Hospital here for screening of lymphatic filariasis patients and diagnostic services.
“The need for a stand-alone facility at RMRC was felt to expand the areas of intervention to cover current emerging problems of non-communicable and other diseases. The new OPD will also act as the referral centre for viral disease diagnosis, either endemic or emerging and re-emerging infections. This will help in generating data on various health problems in the state by establishing a strong network with local and district-level health institutions,” Dr SK Kar said.
In addition to this, the RMRC will open a model rural health research unit at Tigiria in Cuttack district on January 31 to undertake research on measles, tuberculosis, anaemia among the rural populace.
Besides, the premier research unit is also set to launch training programmes for skill upgradation of laboratory technicians working in the field, Dr Kar added.