With a view to ease problems of patients in hospitals, the state government has increased the registration timings by one hour in outpatient departments in all hospitals.
A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting of the health department held under the chairmanship of minister of state for health Shabir Ahmad Khan on Friday.
The minister said this step was taken for the convenience of patients, especially those from remote areas who reach hospitals late for treatment.
He said earlier, the registration of patients in casualty units at hospitals was done up to 1 pm and the timing has been extended till 2 pm with immediate effect. Commissioner secretary, health and medical education, MK Dwivedi; director, health services, Jammu, Dr Madu Khullar; director, NRHM, Dr Yashpal Sharma, director, ISM, Dr Abdul Kabir; director, family welfare, Dr Kassir, deputy directors of various wings of health department; chief medical officers and medical superintendents of hospitals of Jammu province attended the meeting.
The meeting was convened to review the physical and financial status of several programmes under implementation in the division for improving healthcare facilities under the NRHM and state plan.
The minister said to meet the shortage of doctors, especially in rural and hilly areas, the government would soon enhance the incentives for engaging medicos and other essential staff on contractual basis.
He directed the authorities concerned to submit proposals for creation of posts of different categories to the government well in time for making early arrangements so that the problem of lack of staff can be solved without delay. The minister directed the authorities concerned to take proper care of safe institutional deliveries besides mother-child care and called for strict monitoring of performance of ASHA workers, while instructing to disengage those workers who are not performing their duty seriously.
He said health check-up of schoolchildren should be ensured in all schools and attention should be given to dental, eye problems, anaemia and de-worming of children. The minister expressed dismay over the poor performance of chief medical officers the implementation of the components of the flagship programme, NRHM. The minister added that further negligence in this regard would not be tolerated and action will be taken against negligent officers and officials as per rules.
He directed the authorities concerned for submission of utilisation certificates under each component of this flagship programme, asserting that this is a must for release of further funds from the Centre. The minister asked them to adhere to the government orders in letter and spirit and ensure that no attachments of the staff were made at any level.
He added that all doctors and paramedics should do their duties at their original places of posting. "Any complaint in this regard will be viewed seriously."