In a bid to battle the shortage of doctors in primary and secondary healthcare centres, the Odisha government has appointed 581 doctors at different health centers across the state.
About 155 doctors will be posted in KBK districts including Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Balangir and Sonepur.
This is the highest number of doctors to join in one spell in the state so far, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while giving away the appointment letters to the new doctors.
The CM further said that the government is planning to fill up more posts in various cadres soon. More than 150 posts of dental surgeons have been filled and 266 dentists will be recruited this year, he said.
More than 5,700 paramedics will also be recruited this year. Besides, as many as 169 posts of homoeopathic and 50 ayurvedic doctors would be filled up. We have successfully introduced a placement-based incentive system. It has lead to a sharp decline in vacancies in remote and difficult areas, he said.
The state government has also restructured the medical service cadre apart from introducing a transparent transfer policy.
A corpus fund has also been created for KBK and KBK plus districts for hiring, accommodation and transportation of health care providers. Annually, about Rs. 1.5 crore is being sanctioned from the fund. These initiatives, he said, have yielded encouraging results in Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Gajapati.