Major recruitment drive of medical staff under way, says Sudhakar
New, improved primary healthcare centres (PHCs) functioning 24×7 will be set up in the state with the help of the World Bank, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Thursday.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with former health ministers and medically qualified MLAs at Vidhana Soudha, Dr Sudhakar said there are 2,300 PHCs in the state at present. As per norms, one PHC is required for every 30,000 people, but some districts are lagging on this count, he said.
Dr Sudhakar said there is a need to improve the quality of services at all levels, from PHCs to big hospitals, and added that policy changes would be made to promote medicos based on their rural service.
As per the Minister, a total of 2,500 personnel, including 1,250 MBBS doctors, 950 specialists and 150 dentists, are being recruited, apart from 1,500 resident doctors. All vacant health posts will be filled by December, paramedics will be recruited, and medical colleges will be set up in all districts.
‘Covid under control’
Referring to the pandemic, Dr Sudhakar said it was under control in the state, with the mortality rate being 0.99% in Bengaluru. At the same time, he urged citizens to strictly adhere to the precautionary guidelines.