‘To Overcome Shortage Of Doctors, 4208 Posts Being Referred to Recruiting Agencies’

Srinagar : Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat on Tuesday said to overcome the shortage of doctors and para-medics in various health institutions across the State, 4208 posts are being referred to the recruiting agencies for making early selection. Moreover, to supplement the availability of manpower in various levels of health facilities in the State, additional manpower has been hired on contractual basis under National Health Mission in the State, including 1454 doctors, 5499 para-medics, the Health Minister said.

The department has also recently rationalized the postings of Medical Officers and Consultants in the health institutions located in the peripheral areas of the State with the posting of 97 newly recruited Medical Officers to further improve the health care in the rural areas. Besides, 371 posts of Medical Officers (Allopathic) and 87 posts of Medical Officers (ISM) have been created to give further fillip to the health sector, said the Minister.

The minister said the government is striving hard to further improving the health facilities across the State, for which several initiatives have been taken. He said health is the prime concern of everyone and government is making concerted efforts to extend this facility at the doorstep of the people.

Winding up the special discussion on the functioning of the Health & Medical education Department in the Upper House on Tuesday, the Minister said the health system in the state has practically changed from what it was a decade ago by witnessing significant changes. The State of Jammu and Kashmir has registered significant decline of eight points in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in a single year from 34 to 26, which is the highest among all states.

The Minister said for the benefits of the Cancer patients, two State level Cancer Institutes are being set up at cost of Rs 120 crore each. These Tertiary Centers will be set up in SKIMS Soura, Srinagar and GMC, Jammu. The similar cancer care facilities at District level are also being established, said the Minister.

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