Taking cognisance of problems faced by people staying in remote districts, the health department will launch a new programme for these residents to avail of health checkups so that they can be screened for heart, lungs, liver and kidney-related diseases.
As part of the programme — to be launched in 2017 — the state will set up camps in all districts to identify patients suffering from serious ailments. Those diagnosed and identified will be brought to one centre and treated by renowned doctors.
“The state will bear all the expenses of the treatment under this programme. We have approached top-notch doctors to be a part of this. Famous cardiologist Dr Trehan would also take part in these camps,” said health minister Rustam Singh.
“In bigger districts, critical cases are reported but in rural districts and remote areas, they are not even identified. We were in for a long-term plan to take some action, hence these camps would be introduced very soon,” Singh told HT.
Katju hospital incident not forgivable
Singh told HT that the death of a woman at Bhopal’s Dr Kailash Nath Katju Hospital, 20 minutes after she gave birth, was “unforgivable”.
“After reviewing the investigation report, a doctor has been suspended and the service of two nurses has been terminated. We won’t spare those who are responsible in such cases of negligence,” he said.
Health dept to resolve doctor crisis
At a workshop organised by the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) to mark World Human Rights Day, Rustam Singh said only preventive measures can help Madhya Pradesh improve its health services, adding that his department’s new resolution will be to fix the crisis due to a paucity of doctors and reducing infant and maternal mortality.
“Our aim is to institutionalise deliveries as much as possible, which will reduce the death rate of murder and infants. I consider it as a success that in the past year, 87% deliveries took place hospitals and 65% deliveries were in government hospitals,” said Singh.
Speaking on the lack of doctors in the state, Singh said medical students who study in premium colleges do not want to serve in rural areas and offer public service. “I had discussed this grave problem with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as well and we didn’t want so many primary health care centres (PHCs) in the state to remain without doctors. Thus a decision to train and post AYUSH doctors in PHCs was taken,” he said.
MPHRC chairman Dr Virendra Mohan Kanwar pointed out that the health services in the state are poor. “In remote districts, doctors do not even bother to visit the hospital. What duties a doctor should ideally carry out are left in the hands of nurses and compounders, who are not formally trained to treat patients for crucial problems,” he said.
In reply to Kanwar’s comment, Singh said that the behaviour of a few doctors cannot blotch the image of entire health services in MP. “Conditions have improved majorly in MP. Mortality rates have gone down, and the 108 ambulance service too is providing better services. Nobody is acknowledging the positive outcomes and efforts taken by health department in the recent years,” he said.