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194 jobs to boost rural health

Chief minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday distributed appointment letters among 194 medical practitioners — most of them from the stream of Ayush — in an attempt to provide a much-needed fillip to rural healthcare in New Year.

While 28 newcomers have been appointed as Ayush medical officers, 129 appointees — including 21 MBBS and 108 Ayush doctors — were selected for the school health programme.

Besides, 27 candidates have been recruited as junior nursing tutors and 10 others have been given various posts under the national health programmes.

“Rural people still have faith in traditional methods of healing. They depend on ojhas and tantriks, but do not go to government-run health centres,” the chief minister said after handing over the appointment letters at an event in Rinpas on Tuesday.

Hemant added, “One of the main responsibilities of the newly appointed doctors will be to serve at the grassroots level to instil confidence in them (rural people). I am sure they will be able to reach out to ailing people who are afraid of going to health centres.”

The chief minister further said that Ayush — comprising ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy — was known for its natural medications.

“Though I do not have much knowledge about it, I know that this method of treatment cures diseases from the roots,” Hemant said.

Moreover, the chief minister announced that the number of nursing seats in government medical colleges and nursing institutes would be doubled in the coming years.

“I have had a discussion with the health minister and I have requested him to look into this proposal. I will also insist on offering similar courses to boys, creating a pool of male medical attendants to meet the growing needs of health employees,” Hemant said.

Speaking on the occasion, state health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh said the government was committed to filling up all vital posts to serve the people better.