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Health team for night vigil

Jagte raho. That is what government doctors must do if they love their jobs.

An order from acting chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty to Ranchi civil surgeon Gopal Srivastava on Friday morning made night inspections mandatory at various primary and community health centres in the district.

Confirming the directive, Srivastava said it was a welcome move to improve healthcare. “I will personally inspect health centres and hope to find everything in order,” he added.

Besides the civil surgeon, two additional chief medical officers (ACMO) — Bina Sinha and Manju Prasad — and district RCH officer Pratibha Narayan have been put in charge of night inspections.

Ranchi district has 14 community health centres and 28 primary health centres.

On Wednesday night, Chakraborty had himself conducted surprise inspections at three community health centres in Ranchi, an upgraded sadar hospital in Ramgarh and a first referral unit in Patratu. The raid led to suspension of one doctor and effected six transfers, besides reeling out a long list of directives.

In the small hours of Friday, the acting chief secretary dropped in at RIMS, triggering a tizzy. However, soon everyone realised that Chakraborty was a ‘patient’ this time.

“Last night during dinner, a fish bone got stuck in my throat. I was in discomfort and decided to visit RIMS to get a first-hand experience of how doctors treat a patient in this situation. I will not pass any negative comment on the medical institute, but will definitely say that there is vast scope for improvement,” he said.

Confirming that he had directed the civil surgeon to go on night inspections to rein in truancy and medical mess at state-run heal hubs across Ranchi, Chakraborty said: “I have asked Srivastava and the others to divide health centres among themselves.”

He added: “I am an acting chief secretary and will have to make optimum use of days I have in hand. More pro-people measures are on the cards.”

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