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 Introduction
 
Provision of assured and credible primary health services of acceptable quality is a priority for both the Central and the State Governments in view of the increasing urbanization and growth of slums and low income population in the cities. In this regard Mission Directorate, NRHM, Orissa has developed Urban health GIS for 8 class-I urban centres of Orissa namely, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Puri, Sambalpur, Balasore and Baripada, using advanced techniques of Global Positioning System (GPS), Remote Sensing and GIS (Geographic Information System). Present work focuses on the urban health care facilities available at Bhubaneswar urban centre. A simplified query based database system has been developed after incorporating required database available under Urban Health GIS of Bhubaneswar.
 
 Rational
 
The present study helps in:
  • Analyzing the availability and density of health care services and facilities
  • Analyzing proximity and accessibility of health care services and facilities to urban residential areas, slums areas, important institutions and administrative offices.
  • Analyzing the specialist services available in various govt./ private health units and their geographical concentration.
  • The survey also helps in identifying the various AYUSH institutions available in the urban areas and the various health care treatment provided by them.
  • Identify Potential private partners for either tier to improve the quality and standard of health among the urban poor, to capitalize on the skills of potential partners, encourage pooling of resources, and to reduce the investment burden on the government.
  • It will help in Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation of urban health care system by regular updation of the database.
  • The database will be made available in the NRHM Orissa website soon so that every health concerned person can know Where is My Doctor ?.
 
 Methodology
 
An integrated approach of GPS survey, Remote Sensing data and GIS with reference inputs from authentic secondary sources was used for carrying out the activity. The following layers of information were generated:

Administrative Boundaries: Municipality/ Urban area boundary Ward Boundaries
Transport Network: Roads, Railways
Water Bodies: Natural Drainage, rivers, Ponds.
Health care Facilities: Government, Private, NGO run.
Other Important Locations: Slums, Police Stations, Institutions, Administrative offices, Monuments, Railway Stations, Market, Major Squares, Industrial area, etc. 

Attribute database: Data related to facilities available in each of the surveyed health units was also collected through a questionnaire format developed by Mission Directorate. The format will be available in the NRHM Orissa website for future updation by respective health units and for new additions to the current database.
 
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