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ITAGAR, April 26: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul called upon the doctors “to give service in true sense”. He was addressing the health functiories of Health & Family Welfare Department in the Annual Development Agenda Meeting of the Department at Banquet Hall here on Monday, an official release said here today.
Pul said the government was planning to revamp health delivery system in the state logistically as well as institutiolly. Giving top priority to the health sectors, efforts are being done to make all the hospitals from zol hospitals to sub-centre functiol, he said.
He informed that all the district hospital would be made fully equipped with diagnostic equipments and laboratories along with man powers as he felt that the people of the state often goes to outside the state spending huge amount of money for treatment of even minor ailments due to lack of diagnostic equipments and laboratories in our hospitals.
The chief minister said, “If we equipped and revamped all health institutions including zol and district hospitals, CHCs & PHCs, many illnesses can be detected in the initial stage itself and treatment can be done within the states. In this way, hard earned money of the poor people will be saved and they will able to use it for other useful purposes like education of their children.”
“To begin with the process, we need to know where do we stand,” he said adding, “that is why I have been asking for the submission of inventories of the assets (both infrastructure, vehicles and man powers) from all the district for the last two months, so that we can begin with the planning process”.
However, he expressed dissatisfaction the way the government officers are responding.
Pul gave directions to the department to immediately dispatch the medicines to the districts. He categorically said, “There will be no compromise on purchase of medicine and people should get the free medicines from the government hospitals”.
“Unless the full medicines are supplied by the supplier, payment should not be released against that firm,” he categorically said and asked the department to release the payment only after verifying the medicines received. He also asked the departments to provide fund for ration items and Pol items for the smooth running of ambulance in the districts.
“Ambulance must be used for the patients only and it should not be misused at any cost,” he added.
In order to empower Medical Superintendents to run the District and Zol Hospitals in more effective way, Drawing & Disbursing (DDO) powers would be given to the Medical Superintendent with supporting ministerial staffs consisting of an Accountant cum UDC, LDC and a Computer Operator, the chief minister said.
While informing that the government is going to ratiolize transfer and posting of doctors, nurses and other health workers as per the district wise and institutiol wise quota fixed by the government as per the requirements, he called upon the doctors to support and cooperate with the government in its endeavour to streamline and improve the health delivery system. He said that the District Medical Officers have an important role to play in bringing improvement to the health delivery system in the state, the release added.