Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Aug 8
After policemen, it is now the turn of doctors and paramedics. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today cleared the recruitment 5371 doctors and key paramedics to overcome the shortage of doctors and deteriorating healthcare services in the State.
The state government has decided to recruit 4735 paramedics, 436 doctors (assistant surgeons) and 200 dentists (dental surgeons) to fill up vacancies in the State. This was decided at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the secretariat here on Thursday. Official sources said, the recruitment process for all the above posts would be completed by October end.
It was also decided at the meeting that 485 auxiliary nursing midwives (ANMs) and 2,892 healthcare assistants would be appointed for the effective implementation of National Urban Health Mission & Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) in the State. Sources added that both these programmes are likely to be launched by November.
The State Government also decided to set up four new nursing colleges in Sundergarh, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts.
Besides, the government has also decided to submit a proposal to the Centre for seven ANM and three GNM training colleges in the state.
In order to implement the RBSK in the state, the government has decided to engage 720 vehicles. Four persons would be assigned for each vehicle to supervise and check health conditions of students in the state.
However, the opposition parties saw the move as an election plank of the BJD government ahead of Urban Local Body (ULB) elections in the state.