The Pioneer, April 22, 2010
As per the information received by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from the State’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Directorate, the funds allotted under the NRHM to the KBK (Koraput, Balangir and Kalahandi) districts during 2009-10 and the expenditure incurred up to February 28 have been underutilised.
This was revealed by the Union Health Minister (State) Dinesh Trivedi while replying to a question, if the funds allotted to the KBK districts under the NRHM could achieve its target, made by Rajya Sabha member Rama Chandra Khuntia on Tuesday.
As per the data tabled by the Minister in the Rajya Sabha, out of the total Rs 5,476,25 lakhs allotted to the KBK districts under the NRHM, Rs 3,390,61 lakhs have been utilised as on 28.2.2010, as per a Press note issued by Khuntia.
Replying to his another question on the number of deaths in malaria, TB and unknown diseases in the backward south and western districts of the State here in 2009, the Minister stated that Kandhamal tops the malarial death list with 35 followed by Koraput with 32 while Balangir goes nil. So far TB deaths are concerned, Kalahandi tops the list with 137 again followed by Koraput with 135 casualties and Balangir, Malkangiri and Rayagada above 100 deaths.
However, deaths reported due to unknown diseases have been stated nil in all the said districts.