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 Sambalpur districts.
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.