Bhubaneswar: An 18-member team of the Union Health and family Welfare Ministry led by Himanshu Bhushan arrived here Thursday on a week-long visit to study about implementation of various health schemes launched in the state.
Official sources here said the team would be divided into two groups and visit Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj district.
While a team led by Bhushan will visit Kandhamal, the other team led by Arun Kumar will visit Mayurbhanj district.
During the visit the team would study the health of mother and child, family welfare programmes, programmes on communicable and non-communicable diseases, human resources and various steps taken to strengthen the health care system in the state.
The team would also see how various successful schemes of the state can be implemented in other states.
Health and Family Welfare Secretary P K Meherda, National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit apprised the visiting team about various reforms initiatives, Mo Sarkar, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, free transportation of pregnant women, free diagnosis, blood donation programmes under the Niramaya scheme and 5T programmes being implemented in the state now.
As per the schedule, the team will hold discussions with the health officials and district Collectors October 21 after visiting the two districts October 18, 19 and 20 next.
The team will return to Bhubaneswar October 22 and will hold discussion with top officials of the health department October 23 before leaving for New Delhi.