Bhubaneswar, Dec 3:
Health minister Damodar Rout on Tuesday rued the lackadaisical attitude of the healthcare professionals that has resulted in acute shortage of trained manpower in the healthcare sector in the state.
“The problem is that these professionals are not oriented towards service to patients; rather they are more concerned about their own benefits”, Rout said while addressing the Healthcare Conclave organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here.
“The state has made commendable progress in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates and combating communicable diseases. The challenges now are to handle the non-communicable and life-style diseases,” he observed.
In his address, state Health secretary PK Mohapatra said the graduates of the three government-run medical colleges are expected to sign a bond to serve in the rural areas for at least three years.
Referring to healthcare services, Mohapatra said while the government had already introduced 108 Emergency Ambulance Service in the state, the 102 service for maternity cases will be rolled out very soon.
The health secretary urged the organizers of the conclave to help the state secure investment for setting up of pharmaceutical industries in the state.
He said the Odisha Medical Services Corporation Ltd had been formed to address the issues of management in this sector and IT is going to be increasingly used to provide efficient service.
Giving an overall view of the healthcare sector of the state, mission director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Roopa Mishra said the focus is now getting broadened to include non-communicable diseases and target adolescents as well. She cited the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram as a step in this direction.
Mishra said that the state government is now emphasizing multi-skilling as an option to overcome the manpower shortage.
She also said that the new drug policy on the anvil would help MSME units in the state and bring alternative medicine system back into the mainstream.
Vice Chancellor of KIMS Prof PP Mathur spoke about the prospects of healthcare education in creating large scale employment.
Director General of Indian Chamber of Commerce Dr Rajeev Singh gave the welcome address while executive member JB Pany delivered the vote of thanks.