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Incentives for KBK doctors

Following is a report from express-buzz.com:

BHUBANESWAR: Doctors serving in KBK are going to be ‘rewarded’ for their work. The State Government has announced incentives for regular medical officers posted and discharging their duties in the area.

Those working at district headquarters hospitals and sub-divisional hospitals will get an incentive of  Rs 4,000 a month over and above their salary in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Balangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Boudh, Kandhamal and Gajapati.

However, the doctors, working in the peripheral hospitals and dispensaries, will get a higher incentive of Rs 8,000 a month, a Health Department announcement said. The incentive scheme was cleared by the Finance Department last year and will be implemented soon.

Medical officers holding substantive and administrative posts __ Junior Division level-I, Junior Division level-II, Senior Class-I and Junior Class-I and those engaged in treatment and clinical work in the district headquarters and sub-divisional and peripheral hospitals and dispensaries __ will be eligible for the incentive.  Although the incentive will be made available for one year, with retrospective effect, ending July 2012, the Government plans to extend it by assessing it every year.

 The Health Department has fixed certain guidelines basing on which the doctors will  become eligible for the incentive.

January 23, 2012 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Govt plans a health insurance scheme that will cover for all Indians

Following is from The http://www.hindustantimes.com:

A health insurance scheme that will cover every Indian is on the cards. A committee of experts appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and headed by K Srinath Reddy, chief of the Public Health Foundation of India, is working on a public-funded scheme, likely to be introduced in the 12th Five Year Plan, starting in 2012-13.

“We are looking at a scheme where people will pay premium depending on their income,” said Planning Commission member secretary Sudha Pillai.

For instance, the government may pay the entire premium for those below the poverty line. For the better off, the government’s contribution will diminish the higher the individual’s income.

This scheme is likely to cover not only hospitalisation expenses, but also treatment undergone at listed hospitals. Most private health insurance schemes cover only hospitalisation. It will also provide cover for conditions private schemes frequently do not — like heart ailments and pregnancy.  

The scheme also intends the Centre to pay a higher premium for women — across all sections. 

There is already a health insurance scheme under the Rashtriya Swasth Bima Yojana for BPL families. Close to half of 6 crore BPL families are covered under this scheme. In the next step, all those enrolled in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme will be covered, followed by women enrolled in over 10 lakh angwanwadi centers around the country. 

According to the National Sample Survey Office, an Indian spends 80 % of his health expenses on buying medicine. The high cost of treatment makes health services unaffordable to many. 

Presently, over 90 % Indians are not covered by any public or private health insurance.

January 20, 2011 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Orissa has urged NALCO and SAIL to set up medical colleges

Following is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 7: The Orissa government has urged the central public sector undertakings (PSUs) operating in the state to help it set up medical colleges in the state.

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the progress of various proposed medical colleges in the state.

At present, the state has six medical colleges. The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Mahanadi Coal Field Limited (MCL) have agreed to set up two medical colleges.

MCL has agreed to set up a medical college at Talcher. NTPC too has agreed in principle to the proposal. It is yet to decide the location of the new college.

The state government has also approached Nalco and SAIL to help develop the state in this regard.

Investment to the tune of Rs 150 crore is needed for a medical college with a capacity to enrol 100 students per annum.

The state currently has three government medical colleges— MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, SCB Medical College, Cuttack and VSS Medical College, Burla. Besides the government colleges, there are three private medical colleges.

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) is setting up its unit in the capital city. At the meeting today, it was decided that a regional paramedical training centre would be set up at Bhubaneswar at an estimated cost of Rs 75 crore to impart training to para-medical staff.

Health department sources said many organisations have submitted their proposals to set up medical colleges in backward districts like Kalahandi, Keonjhar and Balangir.

Of these, the Sahyog Health Care and Research Foundation (SHRF) has already inked an MoU with the state government to set up a multi-specialty medical college and hospital. The hospital-cum-college, at an estimated cost of Rs 210 crore, would be ready by 2012.

Orissa health minister Prasanna Acharya said: “The state government would encourage establishment of more and more medical colleges and hospital in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. A proposal has been sent to Centre for establishment of one medical college and hospital in PPP mode at Koraput.” The state government has granted a no objection certificate to Hi-Tech Hospital authority to establish one medical college in Rourkela.

Decks have been cleared for the setting up of another medical college in Balangir.

Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) will fund the project.

January 9, 2011 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

Orissa govt. to connect the district headquarters hospitals with premier government medical colleges through telemedicine network

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7: All district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three premier government-run medical colleges in the state through telemedicine network.

“The work has already begun and the network will be functional by December,” said chief nodal officer of the Orissa telemedicine network B.N. Mohanty, who is also head of the department of experimental surgery of SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Telemedicine is an emerging field that combines advances in computer and communication technologies with the practice of clinical medicine.

Through this medium, diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be conducted with the patients and doctors sitting at two ends.

District hospitals of Jajpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar will be connected to the SCB Medical College. District hospitals of Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Sundergarh, Baripada and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar have already been connected to SCB.

The SCB Medical College has, in turn, been connected to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Nayagarh, Gajapti, Boudha, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur will be connected to MKCG Medical Collage and Hospital at Berhampur.

 Burla-based VSS Medical College will be connected to hospitals in Rourkela, Balangir, Angul, Jharsuguda, Baragarh and Deogarh. 

Talking to reporters here today, Mohanty said a state-level telemedicine resources centre would come up soon at Cuttack.

With the help of the state government, the SCB Medical College is going to organise the three-day 6th International Conference of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) from November 14. Distance education in health science is the theme of the conference.

Representatives from ISRO, Space Application Centre, ministry of health, department of IT, Union government, AIIMS¸ IIT, Kharagpur, C-DAC-Pune, SGPGIMS, Lucknow and Central Law University, Cuttack would attend the conference. 

“Around 2,567 critical patients had already been cured through telemedicine. Patients, suffering mainly from thyroid cancers, arthritis and rheumatism, are opting for telemedicine consultation. With these facilities, we have been able to be in touch with the SGPIMS, Lucknow,” Mohanty said. 

The state government has also asked all additional district medical officers of all district headquarter hospitals to attend the meeting.

“We have invited students of medical and engineering colleges of the state to attend the meeting. They’ll get an opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally reputed telemedicine experts,” said Mohanty.

November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

KBK needs a medical college: Plan panel member

Following report is from expressbuzz.com:

KORAPUT: “Considering the precarious health scenario of the district, a multi-speciality medical college is required for KBK region,” said  Planning Commission member Abjijit Sen during his visit to Koraput today. Speaking at a meeting, he promised to apprise the Cabinet of the need to declare Koraput district as one of the worst affected areas by Maoists and for recruiting tribal youths in Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces.

Several villagers under the leadership of former MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati met Sen and apprised him of alleged irregularities in the execution of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and other Centre-funded welfare programmes in the district. Sen also expressed concern at the deteriorating condition of NH-43.

He reviewed the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), MGNREGS, Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP), Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA).

Earlier, the Planning Commission team visited Deopottangi, Padapadar and Maliput villages of Pottangi block to review development programmes. Advisor L P Sankar and Deputy Advisor Indu Patnaik are  members of the team.  District Collector Rajesh Pravakar Patil, DRDA project director Ruparosan Sahoo, Sub-Collector Poonam Guha accompanied the team.

October 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Masters programme for healthcare professionals launched in the Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI)

Following is a report by IANS taken from http://www.thaindian.com:

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI) Tuesday said it has launched a masters degree programme in health administration to build “appropriate skilled teams” for the industry which lacks trained healthcare professionals.The institute has started the two-year course in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the US.

“The Indian healthcare system lacks trained healthcare professionals and skilled teams of hospital administrators are the need of the hour. The masters programme will help to build an appropriate skilled team of hospital administrators,” ICRI chairman Shiv Ram Dugal said.

Graduates or final year graduation students in disciplines of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, commerce, economics and engineering can opt for the course.

April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

137 nursing schools to come up in 18 states of India

Following is a report by IANS published in http://www.thaindian.com:

March 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm 1 comment

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