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Dispur targets health sector with Gunotsav

Survey from January 2018 to assess healthcare services of public hospitals & doctors, Himanta informs Assembly

GUWAHATI, Sept 12: After government schools and teachers, it is time for public hospitals and doctors to face the quality assessment test in Assam.
State Health & Family Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday informed the Assembly that Gunotsav will be organized in January next year to assess the quality of healthcare service in the State. He said Gunotsav will cover public health centres, community health centres, sub-divisional health centres and districts hospitals across the State.
“During Gunotsav exercise by the Health department, we will first try to assess the existing infrastructures, facilities available in the healthcare centres and quality of service being provided to patients. Secondly, we will figure out facilities and infrastructures lacking in the centres and ways to upgrade the same. Thirdly, we will note the doctor-patient ratios at health centres and district hospitals. Once we conduct evaluation and assessment on these points, we will get a comprehensive picture about what needs to be done to ensure quality healthcare service to the people,” Sarma told the House during Question Hour.
The announcement for Gunotsav in Health department has come at a time when patients and their relatives across the State are constantly complaining about poor healthcare service in public health centres, districts hospitals and the six medical colleges & hospitals. Poor healthcare services alleged by patients mainly pertain to inadequate number of doctors and nurses and scarcity of medicines.
In April this year, the Assam government launched Gunotsav programme in the State on the lines of Gujarat. Under Gunotsav, the Gujarat government annually sends independent evaluators to state-run primary schools to ensure quality education for students. Dispur launched the first phase of Gunostav in April with an aim to cover 9.11 lakh students in 8 districts in a span of three days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Assam government for the initiative, saying that it will benefit both teachers and students.
Sarma said independent and impartial evaluators will be sent to the targeted health centres and hospitals for evaluation and assessment.
The Health Minister also informed the House that the government recently created 1,457 posts of different designations to run the proposed Model Hospitals in the State. The government will create 3,210 posts for the proposed 165 Public Health Centres and 50 riverine hospitals.