Vedanta Lanjigarh kick starts ‘Malaria Control Program’ to commemorate National Doctor’s Day

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Kalahandi: In a bid to recognise the honourable and altruistic services of doctors, Vedanta Hospital in Lanjigarh, celebrated National Doctors Day.

The company organised various activities for the medical fraternity, community and saw the participation of over 20 doctors from Kalahandi and Rayagada districts on Monday. The intent was to synergise efforts by various stakeholders, mobilise resources and galvanise the community into action to eradicate malaria at the grassroot level.

The program aimed to empower individuals and communities to protect themselves from malaria and other seasonal diseases through campaigns, competitions and cleanliness drives.

Speaking on the occasion, Rakesh Mohan, COO – Vedanta Aluminium, Lanjigarh unit remarked: “National Doctor’s Day pays tribute to the noble and resilient world of the medical profession and highlights the value of doctors in our lives. On this occasion, Vedanta seeks to drive the importance of health and sanitation across the region and is committed to the fight against malaria and other seasonal ailments.”

The inauguration of the Malaria Control Program was done by Dr B.L. Prushty, Rayagada District Malaria Officer and Dr Nihar Kumar Panda, Kalahandi District Malaria Officer. The aim of the program is to reduce malaria from 6 Gram Panchayats of Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district in the coming months. This can be achieved through scaling-up prevention and control measures along with sustained efforts for reliable case-detection through robust surveillance, sustained investments for better case management through testing, treating and tracking.

On this occasion, senior doctors from Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar were invited to conduct this programme; Dr Salil Kumar Parida and Dr Chinmaya Pani shared their knowledge on serious ailments of the region and how to address them in remote areas. Additionally, doctors from the government departments of nearby blocks and companies were also present during the meeting and shared malaria eradication measures being undertaken in these districts.

It is an attempt to recognise the contribution, role and importance of doctors and also to promote medical professionals to come closer and take on their responsibilities with even more dedication. Through the event, Vedanta seeks to create a platform for open as well as extensive dialogue and impactful action.

About Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh Unit (Alumina Refinery)

Vedanta is the largest producer of aluminium in India and remains the premier manufacturer of metallurgical grade alumina. The company has carved a niche for itself in the aluminium industry with its superior product quality based on state-of-the-art technology. Vedanta Limited operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant at Lanjigarh, which was commissioned in 2008. The refinery feeds Vedanta’s aluminium smelters at Jharsuguda in Odisha and at BALCO in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

In line with the group’s strategy of contributing to the communities it operates in, the company has focused interventions in the areas of health, education, livelihoods, and infrastructure amongst several others, in the Kalahandi region.

Vedanta Limited’s Lanjigarh unit has been conferred with several accolades across several critical business functions including:

  • India Green Manufacturing Award 2018 for best Green Manufacturing Processes.
  • CSR Health Impact Award 2019 for Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Swachhta Project
  • CSR Innovative Project Award for the revival of Dhokra Art and Saura Art
  • Greentech Safety Award 2018 for its best Safety Management and Operations
  • CII HR Excellence Award 2018 for its best Human Resource practices.

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