The Odisha government has decided to launch the National
Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) in eight districts.
The program will focus on combating the rising incidence
of hearing loss and related ailments among the people during the current
financial year. In first phase, officials are planning to launch the program in
Cuttack, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Khordha, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and
The Government has appointed Dr Subrat Behera, chief of ENT
department at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack as the NPPCD Technical
Adviser. Health Services Joint Director Dr PKB Pattanaik was appointed as the
State Nodal Officer.
Additional District Medical Officers (ADMOs), Public Health, of the all the
eight concerned districts would act as the District Nodal Officers. The program
would be expanded to other districts in the next financial year.