The Health Department is understood to have completed all formalities in case of appointments of about 700 AYUSH doctors at the rural health centres. Most probably, the appointments will be made next month.
According to information, when the MBBS and Post Graduate doctors avoid going to the rural health centres to serve and with retirement of the regular Government doctors, several posts of doctors were lying vacant, the State Government had decided to appoint the AYUSH doctors at rural health centres.
After announcement of the Chief Minister, the proposal was also approved in the Cabinet meeting. Since then, the jobless AYUSH doctors have been awaiting their appointments. The AYUSH doctors had expressed their wish to work at the rural health centres and then, the Government had decided to post them at rural health centres.
They will be appointed and directly posted at the rural health centres in May as, at this time, when there is scorching heat, the health centres will be in crying need of doctors. The training will be imparted later. In rural health centres of the State, specially at the primary health centres, sub health centres, Arogya Kendra and even at some Community Health Centres, there is no MBBS doctor. All these health centres depend upon the Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM), health workers and at some places, the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).
Rural people suffer for medical treatment and are forced to approach quacks, private hospitals or nursing homes to save their lives. When contacted, Suraj Damor, Secretary, Health said the file related to appointment of AYUSH doctors needs approval of Health Minister. As soon as the Minister’s approval is received, the appointment orders will be issued, maybe, in a month. No training to AYUSH doctors after appointment this time, she said.