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Vishnoi is unhappy with health services in State

MEDICAL EDUCATION, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajai Vishnoi inaugurated machines worth Rs 90 lakh at Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) during an official visit to the City today.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 12:24 IST

MEDICAL EDUCATION, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajai Vishnoi inaugurated machines worth Rs 90 lakh at Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) during an official visit to the City today.

The Minister minutely inspected the State’s biggest government hospital, listened to patients’ woes and gave necessary instructions to the hospital administration. He inaugurated a lathostropy machine worth Rs 22 lakh, a sonography machine worth Rs six lakh and a 500-mw generator worth Rs 60 lakh. He visited the wards and judged cleanliness therein and was shown around limb implantation centre and the proposed OPD and other projects.

Later, Vishnoi chaired a meeting of the medical college staff attended by Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das, apart from the heads of various departments. Vishnoi spoke in detail about the plans and projects of the State Government regarding the department and outlined his mode of working and expectations. Das spoke about the work being done through public cooperation.

MGM Dean Dr V K Saini detailed about the mechanisation of the cleanliness process through automation to be adopted from April 15.

MLA Mahendra Hardia, Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma and others accompanied the Minister on his inspection tour. Speaking to media persons later at a ‘meet the press’ function at the Indore Press Club, Vishnoi outlined the various projects and proposals of the State Government and lamented the condition of health services in the State. Agreeing with the need of opening more private colleges catering to every medical aspect, he said that there was lack of doctors and nurses.

The impediment to opening private medical colleges was being removed in the form of the State Government offering free land- 25 acre for opening medical college and five acres for opening dental college. The State Government was also relinquishing bank guarantee of Rs nine crore taken at the time of opening a college and was refunding the same taken from others earlier.

He stressed on the need to strengthen the last chain in the network of health services. He said that during his four months in office he had given thought to planning schemes, providing finance and implementing them. About 313 more health centres needed at the block level were being built and Rs one crore grant was given to 12 districts having no district hospitals.

With construction on in most such places and funds sanctioned for one at divisional headquarters of Rewa the only left remaining was at Gwalior.

For better management the divisional health centres were being decentralised into regional set-ups for which 365 posts had been sanctioned.

The class-II level officials at block medical health centres were promoted on completion of three years of service to class-I officers on subject to clearing PSC. Sixty-five new posts had been created. The DPC, which was not taking place from the past 10 years, was convened and three departments have already benefited from this exercise. Induction of 1,200 staff nurses for district and civil hospitals has begun under two cadres of urban and rural.

Out of 8,500 ‘Up Swasthya Kendras’ that were needed, only 3,700 were in existence and the government was building 1400 more. Similarly out of 1,100 primary health centres needed, only 750 were in existence and the government was building the rest.

He said 2,200 more ALMs were to be appointed at the ‘Up Swasthya Kendras’ and four ‘mahila sammelans’ were to be held at these places every year. Budgetary allocation of Rs 5000/month for purchase of medicine, holding ‘sammelans’ and meeting expenses were given to each ‘Up Swasthya Kendras’.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 12:24 IST