Vedanta Aluminium’s Healthcare Initiatives Benefit around 4 Lakh People in Odisha & Chhattisgarh

Bhubaneswar 09 April 2024: On the occasion ofWorld Health Day,Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, has announced benefittingaround4 lakh people in Odisha & Chhattisgarh through its community health interventions in FY24. The company has been serving its communities throughhigh-quality health services,encouraging the adoption of preventive healthcare and providing quality curative health services to the local populace.Well-aligned with the theme of this year, “My health,my right”,the company is empowering people to champion the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services, education, and information, in underserved, remote regions.

The company undertook several initiatives across its operations: in Jharsuguda, Odisha, home to the company’s mega aluminium plant; at its operations in Lanjigarh, home to its world-class alumina refinery; at BALCO, India’s iconic aluminium producer and a unit of Vedanta Aluminium located in Korba, Chhattisgarh; and at Vizag General Cargo Berth (VGCB) port operations. In Jharsuguda, the company organised mega drives through mobile healthcare vehicles and the distribution of informative leaflets in nearly 30 villages to sensitize the community toadopt healthier lifestyles. Additionally, a pilot breast cancer screening camp was also conducted at the Vedanta Aluminium supported Jharsuguda Diagnostic Centre, one of the largest multi-facility diagnostic centres in Odisha.

In Lanjigarh, a multi-speciality mega health camp benefitted the community by offering free healthcare services, including medical consultations, screening tests, medications, and vaccinations, reaching out to more than 500 people. Furthermore, a week-long awareness drive on health and hygiene practices was conducted across 20 villages, benefiting approximately 1,000 residents along with a blood donation camp.

In Korba, Chhattisgarh, the company kicked off an assistive device distribution drive towards creating a more inclusive, supportive, and equitable community, by distributing walking sticks, tripods, crutches, walkers & wheelchairs to elderly &specially-abledpersons. Moreover, it organized 2 multi-speciality mega health camps in Bhadrapara&Belakachar benefitting around 500 community members with specialty healthcare services fromdentists,dermatologists, orthopedics, gynecologists, physiotherapists, and general physicians, along with diagnostic tests for diabetes, blood pressure.

At its port operations VGCB, a two-day eye check-up camp was conducted, where around 400 people underwent comprehensive eye examinations to identify vision impairment and other ocular conditions. Subsequently, free spectacles were distributed to address vision impairment in the patients. Moreover, the unit also provided essential support topeople with special needs from marginalised communities, through battery-operated wheelchairs, tricycles, wheelchair riders, commode wheelchairs, and tripod walk sticks, with an aim to enhance mobility and independence for them.

Vedanta Aluminium extends a comprehensive array of basic and specialized healthcare services to underserved communities in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, encompassing areas within and surrounding its operational sites. These initiatives complement existing healthcare infrastructure in the region and encompass:

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