Health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh at the review meeting in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi July 19: The best performing sahiya from each district of Jharkhand will be given a two-wheeler, a mover that seeks to encourage primary health workers to reach out to a larger segment of rural masses.
State health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh has announced this special award for sahiyas, the key agents in community health programmes, to boost their morale.
Holding a review meeting of the health department on the RCH campus, Namkum, Singh directed officials to make immediate financial arrangements for purchasing 24 two-wheelers and distribute them among the 24 sahiyas before July 31.
All civil surgeons, principals and directors of the state’s three medical college and hospitals, regional assistant directors, officers associated with various disease-control programmes and senior officials of Jharkhand Rural Health Mission (JRHM) attended the meeting.
The health minister has also asked his department officials to finalise a tender to purchase 10,000 bicycles for sahiyas. The government had announced to distribute bicycles among sayihas, who travel a lot to reach out to villagers living in remote areas.
Taking strong exception to reports of poor maintenance and lack of basic facilities at the medical colleges, Singh directed the authorities concerned to start repair and facelift work immediately at the state-run institutes. He added that he would visit Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad on July 26, directing the hospital officials to spruce up the campus before his inspection. He would also visit MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur, and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, soon.
The officials were also asked to step up security at the hostels of nursing colleges and ensure that all these institutes had proper boundary walls.
Following complaints of delay in construction of community health centres in rural segments, Singh has sought details of all under-construction community health centres (CHC) and asked the civil surgeons to prepare lists of such delayed projects and the contractors involved. Dr Manju Kumari, director (health and education), has been asked to keep tabs on the progress of work.
Asked about recent protests by contractual employees of Jharkhand Rural Health Mission (JRHM) who have been demanding regularisation of their services, Singh told The Telegraph, “Unless positions are created officially, the contractual employees cannot be absorbed. So I have instructed the mission director to speed up the process.”
On dereliction of duty, the minister said strong action would be taken against health employees and doctors if they found missing from their place of work during the duty hours.
“I have told the civil surgeons that I will not hesitate to order demotion or transfer of medical officers caught napping or missing during their working hours,” he added.