Bhubaneswar: To provide health services to common people, the first Urban Health and Wellness Center (UHWC) opened on Friday in VSS Nagar in the capital of Odisha.
According to sources, Mayor Sulochana Das inaugurated the wellness center in the presence of MLA (North) Sushanta Kumar Rout, BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange and Khurda CDMO Artabandhu Nayak.
The UHWC was built under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHC).
Under the mission, UHWCs have been considered to decentralize primary health care below the existing UPHC level in NUHM-focused cities and act as a self-contained facility in smaller towns and semi-urban areas.
The new center will act as a separate health facility in the peri-urban area and will be the first port of call for access to primary health care in the locality, BMC officials said.
It will also help improve access to quality health care and minimize citizens’ out-of-pocket expenditure on health services and relieve secondary and tertiary health care facilities in the city.
BMC officials said the UHWC will provide outpatient care for a range of primary health care services under CPHC (Comprehensive Primary Health Care) guidelines, as well as additional community-level health care services. The state capital is getting 18 UHWCs, sources said.
It is pertinent to mention here that two UHWCs were opened in Berhampur city on August 16.