Bhubaneswar: Often criticized for not being able to provide basic healthcare services to people in rural areas due to inadequate strength of doctors, the Odisha government today appointed 581 doctors to fill up the vacant posts.
Official sources said it is the first time the State has recruited such a huge number of doctors at one go.
Urging the young doctors to meet the expectations of the commoners and making Odisha a leading state in providing quality healthcare, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed over the appointment letters during an induction programme at Rabindra Mandap here.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “Healthcare is a top priority of the State government. Availability of doctors is the basic minimum requirement for providing quality healthcare services.”
“We have successfully introduced a Placement Based Incentive System (PBIS), which has resulted in a sharp decline in the vacancies of doctors in remote and difficult areas.”
“To attract doctors to the State Medical Service, we have taken a number of other initiatives like the restructuring of the Medical Service Cadre, introduction of a transparent transfer policy, additional weightage in PG examination for doctors working in far off areas. Besides, we have introduced a corpus fund for KBK and KBK Plus districts for hiring, accommodation and transportation of healthcare providers. These initiatives have yielded encouraging results in remote areas, especially in Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Gajapati districts,” the CM stated.
“More than 150 posts of dental surgeons have been filled up and another 266 dentists will be recruited this year. More than 5700 posts of paramedics will also be filled up this year. Besides, we will soon post 169 Homoeopathic and 50 Ayurvedic doctors in the state,” the CM said.