#Odisha govt has decided to 578 posts of doctors as public health officer in every block

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#Odisha govt has decided to 578 posts of doctors as public health officer in every block

Bhubaneswar: Giving priority to preventive healthcare, the state government on Thursday changed the cadres of doctors to have block public health officer in each of the 314 blocks. The total number of doctor posts in the government rose by 1330 from 5389 to 6719.

There were no public health posts at the block-level earlier. Their sole work will be to meet public health challenges such as monitoring outbreak of diseases, controlling dengue, malaria, diarrhoea rather than discharging routine patient care.The government has earmarked 578 posts of doctors as public health posts at various levels.

The heads of health administrations in each district have been re-designated as chief district medical and public health officer (CDMPHO). Earlier, they were called chief district medical officers. The CDMPHO will be assisted by newly-created district public health officers for works relating to public health. Earlier, public health personnel at the district-level were called additional district medical officers (public health). At the highest level, there was just one post of special secretary (medical services) from among the doctors. There will be two special secretaries now. The other will be called special secretary (public health).

The government increased number of directors (senior administrative grades) from five to 12. Similarly, the total number of doctors in Pay Band -4 (directors, additional directors) with basic pay of Rs 37,400-Rs 67000 per month, has been increased from 35 to 434. This will create better promotional avenues for the medical professionals, a senior health department officer said.

The government has also decided to post four specialists (obstetrics & gynaecology, medicine, paediatric and surgery) in each of 377 community health centres (CHCs) in the state.

So far, the different CHCs have different number of sanctioned posts of specialists ranging from two to four. Each CHC will have a superintendent who will be responsible for clinical activities of the CHC. To implement the restructured Odisha Medical and Health Services (OMS) cadre, the government will soon notify the new OMS cadre rules, government sources said.

The Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA), an association of government doctors, welcomed the government move. It was long overdue. The government has partially fulfilled our demands. We had demanded 10% posts (670 posts) to be in Pay Band 4. The government has allowed 6.5% (434 posts), said OMSA president Nirakar Bhatt. src health economics time

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