Healthcare services in State to get fillip

Bhubaneswar: Plagued by shortage of doctors and deteriorating healthcare services in the State, the Odisha Government on Thursday announced a slew of measures which are expected to give a fillip to the health sector.
While the State Government has decided to recruit 436 doctors and 406 dentists, it will appoint as many as 4,735 paramedical staff to overcome the acute staff shortage. This was decided at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here at the secretariat 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 (ANM) 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.
Both the programmes are expected to be launched by this November, they added.
The State Government which has recently pressed the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to clear the proposal to set up four government medical colleges in Balasore, Baripada, Koraput and Bolangir, gave its consent to set up four new nursing colleges in Sundergarh, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts.
Last month it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 14 private and corporate hospitals to treat the poor people under the Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF). With this the number of such hospitals has gone up to 20.