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Saharanpur: Citing shortage of doctors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years and said the Union Cabinet will give its nod to the decision this week.
In a rally held to observe the second anniversary of his government, Modi said there is a need for more doctors across the country but it was not possible to fill the gap in two years of his government.
The decision will cover all government doctors whether serving under states or the central dispensation, he said.
“There is a shortage of doctors. In government hospitals, their retirement is 60 years in some states, 62 in some others. If adequate number of medical institutes were there, then we would have more doctors and would not feel the shortage. It is difficult to make doctors in two years but poor families cannot be forced to live without doctors.
“Therefore from Uttar Pradesh, I want to announce this to my countrymen that this week our government’s Cabinet will take a decision and the retirement age of our doctors, whether in states or government of India, would be made 65 years instead of 60 or 62,” he said.
It will allow doctors to serve patients and provide education for a longer period, he said, adding that his government is also working fast to have more medical colleges to have more doctors in the field.
Modi’s announcement came after he appealed to doctors to serve poor pregnant women for free on each ninth day of every month, saying it will contribute to his government’s efforts to deal with illness among the poor.
The decision however has been met with criticism from doctors’ associations. “Increase in the age of retirement would only benefit a handful of senior professors, while their juniors will continue to languish as associate and assistant professors. Instead, what is needed is improvement in infrastructure and hiring of more doctors,” said the Government Doctors’ Association of Andhra Pradesh.
“Many of us have remained as assistant professors for the last 15 to 22 years and promotions have been effected very rarely, when a few vacancies arise due to retirement of seniors. The government is not following the MCI rule that an assistant professor can be promoted as associate professor after putting in four years service and an associate professor can be made professor after a service of three years. This means that an assistant professor can become professor in seven years. This is not happening on the plea that there are no vacancies but now the government wants to increase the service period of seniors and deny promotion to their juniors and also avoid recruitment in near future,” Dr P Shyamsundar of the AP Government Doctors’ Association said.
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Bhubaneswar: A ‘beating heart surgery’ , a first in the state, involving a cardiac surgery on a live beating heart without an aid of an external mechanical alternative was done Thursday by a team of doctors at the city-based Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).
A 13-year-old female child, who suffered from a cardiac valve disorder, was operated through this technique where her faulty valve (Mitral Valve) was replaced through the surgery. The surgery was undertaken in KIMS with support from the Pradyumna Bal Memorial Hospital.
The hospital, in a release, claimed in a first in Orissa a mitral valve replacement was done through beating heart surgery.
“This is for the first time in Orissa that a Redo Mitral Valve replacement was done. A team of doctors operated upon the child who was suffering from a cardiac disorder through the beating heart surgery and fast track anesthesia. This is the maiden such surgery in the state,” a release from the hospital claimed.
According to doctors, the child on whom the surgery was done was put on a fast-track anesthesia protocol by which she was extubated on the operation table itself without requiring post-operative mechanical ventilation.
A team comprising surgeons Dr Bana Bihari Mishra, Dr Nimai Charan Behera, cardiac anesthetists Dr Ashok Kumar Badamali, Dr Jyoti Ranjan Parida and perfusionist Saumyakant Satpathy and Subishna Bal undertook the surgery.
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Bhubaneswar: The state government Thursday said it will sign an MoU with the railway ministry within two weeks for developing the Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur rail line projects.
“We are going to sign an MoU with the Railways for the Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur rail line projects within two weeks,” said transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, after attending a review meeting of his department chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on completion of two years of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government.
Majhi further said that the state government will also sign an MoU with the Railways shortly for developing rail network in seven districts of the state, which are yet to have rail connectivity.
The minister had recently written to railway minister Suresh Prabhu regarding the Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur rail line projects. In his letter, Majhi had reminded Prabhu of detailed discussions the latter had had on the two projects with the chief minister during their meeting here April 16 and informed that no action has been taken in this regard so far.
The state government has proposed to the Centre that the two projects can be taken up in the same model of partnership as in the Khurda-Bolangir line. It has proposed that the Railways bear 25 per cent of the construction cost of the Jeypore-Malkangir rail line and offered to bear 50 per cent of the construction cost of the Jeypore-Nabarangpur rail line along with allotment of free land for it.
Majhi also told reporters that the state government will include under the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana 335 more panchayats that still have no bus service. Sources said the government’s move followed the chief minister’s review of the performance of the department and his instructions to the minister to ensure improvement in rural connectivity.
“We have connected 490 panchayats under this scheme and the CM has directed for inclusion of 335 more panchayats under this scheme this year itself,” said Majhi, adding, “By December, the government plans to bring 280 more panchayats under this scheme.”During the review meeting, Patnaik asked the officials of the department to provide online service at the regional transport office (RTO) level at the earliest.
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Bhubaneswar: The state government Thursday asked all the district collectors to ensure timely construction of 26 lakh toilets as individual household latrine (IHHL) targets for 2016-17 fiscal.
The direction was issued by Chief Secretary AP Padhi to the collectors at a high-level review meeting at the Secretariat here.
The meeting revealed that 13,29,932 toilets were constructed in the state during the previous fiscal against the target of 12,00,000 – an achievement of about 111 per cent. Twenty districts – Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Sonepur and Sundargarh achieved more than 100 per cent, officials said. Other 10 districts achieved around 90 per cent of the target during the year. “Target was set to complete 26 lakh toilets during 2016-17. The project would be implemented with the funds available from Central and state governments on the basis of 60:40,” officials said after the meeting.
Padhi said the state government was actively considering a system for third party evaluation of open defecation-free (ODF) villages, changes in habits of people and use of toilets there. He advised the collectors to ensure self-certification by the ODF village, gram panchayat or block. The inter-block certification would be done by district water and sanitation committee. Padhi further asked the collectors to upload the photos of the completed toilets along with the beneficiaries and locations. He also asked the officials to specify the location of the toilets with latitude and longitude marks.
Development commissioner R Balakrishnan instructed the collectors to form special teams and carry forward the work in a mission mode. Rural development secretary Madhusudan Padhi outlined the issues for discussion and clarified the points relating to ground level implementation of these projects under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Around `598 crore will be released to all the districts for the purpose.
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