Mangaluru: Steps will be taken to appoint doctors including Ayush specialists in government hospitals, said Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader. He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Doctors Day’ organised by Ayush Foundation – Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, at paediatrics department of district Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru on Sunday.
“A 50 bed AYUSH hospital will be started very soon and there are approximately 587 vacancies in AYUSH which will be filled after an approval from cabinet meeting. Health department will provide all its assistance and support when required for this field”, he added.
The minister said the recruitment process will start once the financial approval was obtained. The appointments will be done through KPSC. He further said that the proposal for 50-bedded Ayush hospital at the Wenlock hospital premises will be tabled before the Cabinet meeting. From this year, government will confer Ayush awards on senior Ayush practitioners, he said.
On the occasion, eight senior AYUSH doctors were felicitated.
Both Central and the State governments have chalked out various programmes under the Ayush dept. National Ayush Mission has also been functional in this regard, he said. A memorandum was submitted to the minister by the Foundation, to provide Ayush treatment facility at Primary health centres, to recruit Ayush doctors and to provide more grants to the department.
Senior Ayush doctors Dr Kushala Shetty, Dr N P Anchan, Dr Raviraj Shetty, Dr Sripathi Kinnikambla, Dr Rajgopal Sharma, Dr Jayaprakash Bhat, Dr Ramaiah Bhat and Dr Panicker were felicitated.
District Surgeon Dr Rajeshwari Devi H R, DHO Ramakrishna Rao, District Ayush officer Dr Devdas Putran and Ayush Foundation Chairperson Dr Ashajyothi Rai were present.