Government hikes salary of specialists to Rupees 2.5 lakh

Government hikes salary of specialists to Rupees 2.5 lakh
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In a bid to fill the vacant posts of doctors in the Agency areas which are now facing threat of fevers and other communicable diseases, Principal Secretary of Health Poonam Malakondaiah said the government has decided to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to specialists working in the Agency apart from providing a free accommodation.

Visakhapatnam: In a bid to fill the vacant posts of doctors in the Agency areas which are now facing threat of fevers and other communicable diseases, Principal Secretary of Health Poonam Malakondaiah said the government has decided to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to specialists working in the Agency apart from providing a free accommodation.

The Health Secretary rushed to Paderu along with District Collector Pravin Kumar and project officer of ITDA Ravi Pattanshetti, and visited the community hospital on Wednesday morning where she interacted with the patients undergoing treatment for fevers.

She also said the government was making all out efforts to run the PHCs round-the-clock adding five beds to each centre to provide better healthcare to the people. Adding beds to the PHCs will reduce the burden on the community hospitals, she said.

“We are also taking preventive measures in all tribal areas of the State,’’ the secretary told the reporters after visiting various facilities of the Paderu hospital.

She said efforts are also on to fill all the vacant posts in the community hospitals, PHCs and sub-centres. As it is getting difficult to get specialists in the field of gynaecology, dermatology, anesthesia and other departments, the government announced enhancement of salary to Rs 2.5 lakh and providing free accommodation. In addition, recruitment would be taken up through DSC which would be announced shortly.

Speaking on preventive measures to control malaria, she said 2 lakh mosquito nets would be distributed to tribal villages all over the State soon. Similarly, an amount of Rs 101 crore would be spent on augmenting drinking water supply to the tribal villages.

District Collector Pravin Kumar told the medical officials that Chaparai incident should not be repeated in Visakhapatnam Agency. He asked medical officers to be vigilant and take up preventive measures.

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