No attachments in health deptt, violators to face action: Sham

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JAMMU: Taking serious note of the violations of standing instructions with regard to the attachment of officials in health department, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today directed the concerned to do away with the practice without seeking the permission from the higher authorities.

             He further maintained unauthorized attachment of officials to various health institutions without any valid reasons hampers the smooth functioning. He directed for immediate detachment of such officials stressing that where the attachment is essential, the concerned administrative head should make out a case with reasons and seek necessary concurrence from the competent authority.

            The Minister was chairing monthly review meeting of health department here today, the Minister said that the Department has done commendable work during the past four years with the hard work. It was with the united efforts of employees that department maintained the top position in the country for the second consecutive year, he said and maintained that the doctors should continue with the efforts to improve the healthcare facilities in every nook and corner of the State.

            Stressing the need for strengthening the monitoring mechanism to improve work culture in the peripheral health institutions, the Minister asked the HoDs and Chief Medical Officers to enhance their field visits and gather regular feedback about the ground problems. He emphasized for coordinated efforts and professional approach to achieve the common goals of improving the health indicators and asked them to implement all Central Governments’ flagship programmes in letter and spirit, so that the benefits of such schemes percolate down to the needy.

            With regard to overcome the shortage of Radiologists, the Minister directed for exploring possibility to train field functionaries in the stream and utilize their services. He also congratulated Director Health Services for introducing Neurology surgery in the Gandhi Nagar hospital for the first time. The Neuro surgery was launched today by two doctors of health department namely, Dr. Sudhir Sabarwal and Dr. Adarsh Bhagat. This service has been launched first time in any secondary healthcare institution in the State. Prior to this the service was available in the Government Medical Colleges, Jammu, Srinagar and SKIMS.

            The forthcoming National Pulse Polio campaign 2013 also figured in the discussion and Minister issued specific instructions to the Director Family Welfare and Chief Medical Officers to draw up the plan as per the past practice well in time to achieve the objective of this flagship programme.

            Earlier, the Commissioner/Secretary Health & Medical Education, Mr. Manoj K. Dwivedi took a separate meeting with the field functionaries and got the feed back of each health institution of Jammu division. He issued instructions to the concerned to fill the gaps to further improve the healthcare in the rural and far-flung areas and directed the Chief Medical Officers to expedite finalization of Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs) of NRHM for the year 2013-14 with the help of concerned District Development Commissioners who happen to be the chairmen of the District Health Societies. 

            He also briefed the Minister about the performance of different wings of the health ministry and fresh initiatives taken to improve the health indicators across the State. He assured the Minister that New Year’s pledge will be to maintain the top position in the country and the State will surely make the hat trick.

            Those present in the meeting included, Project Director J&K AIDS Control Society, Dr. Rakesh Khajuria, Director Indian System of Medicines (ISM), Dr. Abdul Kabir, Controller Drugs & Food Control Organization, Mr. Satish Gupta, Mission Director NRHM, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Director Health Services, Dr. Madhu Khullar, Director Family Welfare, Dr. Kuldeep Kesar, all CMOs, Medical Superintendents and other senior officers of health ministry. 

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