Measures to overcome shortage of doctors in North Karnataka; Health n Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar
*Measures to overcome shortage of doctors in North Karnataka; Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
*Government won’t tolerate attack on Health warriors*
*Bengaluru – May 24, 2021*:
1,763 Doctors and general practitioners have been recruited to strengthen the health sector in the state, said Health and Medical Mducation Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar
He was speaking to the media here after a meeting with experts to review the mucormycosis situation in the state. Notification has been issued regarding direct recruitment of 1,763 doctors.715 experts, 75 general medicine, 57 general surgeons, 145 gynecologists, 40 ENT specialists, 35 dermatologists, 142 anesthesiologists, 153 pediatricians, 17 radiologists are being recruited. 1,048 general medical practitioners also being recruited. This will strengthen the health sector. North Karnataka is facing shortage of doctors and this move will solve this issue, he said. Gadag, Hubballi, Belagavi, Raichur and other districts will be given priority. I congratulate the Chief Minister for this measure he added.
*1,200 ton Medical Oxygen*
Union Government has allocated 1,200 MT of Medical oxygen to our state and we are grateful to the Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi, said the Minister. All Covid hospitals have been asked to installed with CCTV cameras to ensure transparency. This will reduce outsiders entry and it will help in controlling mucormycosis. This will also ensure the medical staff carryout their duty properly. Central control centre will handle the data of all districts, said the Minister.
Health assistants have been renamed as officers. It is ordered to give risk allowance of Rs.10,000 for contract medical officers, 8 thousand for nurses and 10 thousand for Group D workers from April 1st. ASHA Karyakartas are paid on the first week of every month. Already 17 district workers have received the payment and will complete remaining districts in two days, said Dr.Sudhakar.
446 people have been affected so far from Black fungus. 433 have been admitted to hospitals and 11 are in home isolation. Instruction passed to shift them to hospital as well. 12 people have died due the this infection. Centre is supplying 1000 vials of medicine for the treatment of mucormycosis, said Dr.Sudhakar.
*Other points made by the Minister*
555 Basic ambulance, 157 advanced ambulance are there in the state. Centre has provided 530 ventilators which will be fitted in these ambulances.
It is discussed to give telemedicine service effectively in all districts to control the pandemic.
1.05 Crore Covishield vaccine is supplied by the centre to Karnataka, 13.54 lakh have been procured by the state. Also 13.10 lakh Covaxin doses have been procured. Total 1.22 crore people have been vaccinated so far. At present we have 11.46 doses of vaccine which will be given to priority groups identified by the government.
Attack on the women employees who are on Covid duty is not acceptable. Health warriors are doing selfless service risking their lives. It is punishable upto 5 years imprisonment if they are attacked. Government will consider this offence seriously, he added.