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Health honchos to snoop on PHC docs

COME JUNE 15, Health Department officers will be on ?the prowl? in the rural areas to find out if doctors deputed to primary health centres are on duty. They will also look into whether construction work at health centres is in progress, sufficient drugs are available in the stores, sanitation work is being carried out regularly and plantation of saplings is organised by the hospital administration.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 01:11 IST

COME JUNE 15, Health Department officers will be on ‘the prowl’ in the rural areas to find out if doctors deputed to primary health centres are on duty.

They will also look into whether construction work at health centres is in progress, sufficient drugs are available in the stores, sanitation work is being carried out regularly and plantation of saplings is organised by the hospital administration.

At a recent meeting of Health Department officers, principal secretary AK Mishra directed the officers to launch total sanitation programmes in government hospitals from June 15 to 30. Besides whitewashing buildings, the hospital administration has been directed to keep toilets, water tanks, drains, beds and outer areas clean. Mishra directed the chief medical officers (CMOs) and chief medical superintendents (CMS) to prepare a work plan for the sanitation drive.

“Along with utilising the annual budget, the hospital administration could use the fund collected from patients under user charges,” Mishra said.

“It must be ensured that no health centre functions without a doctor. Since several posts of doctors are lying vacant, the Health Department has already decided to appoint doctors on contract,” he said. “Along with directors, additional directors and joint directors will visit field areas over a fortnight to get first hand reports about the ground reality,” he said. Mishra expressed concern over increasing court cases and contempt of court petitions. The director, Administration, was appointed the nodal officer to ensure that court cases were disposed of on priority.