Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has appointed a total of 1,560 doctors, including 938 on regular basis and 622 on contractual mode, during the last two days.
Out of 938 doctors appointed though the OPSC on Thursday, 338 had earlier worked on ad hoc or contractual basis with the State Government. While 784 doctors have been appointed in various Community Health Centres, 135 have been put in Primary Health Centres. Similarly, the 622 doctors, who were appointed on contractual basis on Friday, have been placed in different hospitals, informed an official release.
With the new appointments, the number of doctors appointed in different hospitals rose to 6,329 against sanctioned 6,619 posts and, thus, the number of vacancies decreased to 290.
“To universalize healthcare system, the State Government has introduced the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. Besides Nidan, Sahaya, Sunetra and Niramay programmes have been introduced to provide free healthcare to people. With new appointment of doctors, the vacancies have been lessened to a big extent,” claimed the release issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said the State Government has taken all kinds of steps to strengthen the healthcare system in the State. “Now doctors have shown interest to work in Government hospitals due to available of quality infrastructure. While incentives are being provided to doctors working in remote areas, three assured promotions have been ensured for cadres of the Odisha Medical Service,” said Jena.