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Doctors working in rural areas to get 15 % hike and choice posting: CM

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Ranchi, Sept. 18:Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state government was planning to give 15 per cent salary hike and desirable posting to doctors serving in rural areas for three years.

The CM made the announcement while addressing civil surgeons and ACMOs from all over the state at IPH, Namkum On the occasion of launching of ‘Samvad and Maa: Ek Sankalp’, a campaign of the state Health, Education and Family Welfare Department.

Speaking about upcoming changes planned by the government to improve health facilities in the state, he said that from 15th November onwards, ambulance will be available on dialling the number 108.All civil surgeons and doctors will bear nameplates on their aprons so that people could know their names, he added.

Stressing on child health, Das appealed that infants should be given mother’s milk till six months of age and after that muh juthi(ceremony held to give first food to the baby) should be celebrated.

“Doctors should make tribal women aware of nutritious food. Civil Surgeons should hold regular meetings with sahiyas and ANMs and review health services. Infant death rate is comparatively more in Lohardaga, Godda, West Singhbhum and Littipara. The civil surgeons of these districts should focus on it. The doctors have great responsibility to serve the poor and ailing,” he said.

Also present during the programme, state Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi said that the civil surgeons should send reports of patients under Mukhyamantri AssadhyaRo Yojana promptly because delay in sending reports could result in loss of life or further health complications for patients. “Private practice will not be allowed.

The performance of doctors will be reviewed. People should not go to medical colleges for minor surgeries. In the next phase, work will start to establish medical colleges in Chaibasa,Bokaro and Koderma,” he said adding that the health department was trying to fight malnutrition and decrease infant mortality rate.

Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma said that civil surgeons should ensure that health camps are conducted in their respective districts every month.

Civil Surgeons should run Kayakalp Campaign and assess capacity of hospitals. She said that patients should not move to Medical Hospitals for minor surgery. She said that only two caesarians have been done in Chaibasa in one month. In Chatra, officers sit in big rooms and patients are treated in veranda which is not good, she said.

The CS further said that institutional delivery rate had increased in the state. She said the rate should be bettered to cent per cent. She said that premature deaths should be prevented at all costs.

State Nutrition Mission MD Mridula Sinha said that doctors will have to play instrumental role in decreasing malnutrition in the state. The fixed 1000 days of mother and infants should not be missed. We have to fight malnutrition teeth and nail. She said that community based medical nutrition party has been formed.

The campaign director Amitabh Kaushal discussed targets and departmental schemes.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Vidyasagar, Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kumar, Women and Child Welfare Secretary M N Bhatia, Campaign Director Amitabh Kaushal and others were also present during the programme.

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