Centre lauds State's rural service for doctors initiative

Two-day workshop on health sector begins

Karnataka State has moved forward in providing better health care to the community compared to othe states, said Health and Family Welfare minister Aravind Limbavalli.

He was deliveringthe inaugural address at a two-day workshop on “Innovations in  Health Sector,”  organised by the Administrative Training Institute and ANSSIRD in association with Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS), Hyderabad, here on Wednesday and cautioned that brain drain in the health sector is one of the major problem areas. He suggested that the medical professionals should come out with an ethics perspective to overcome the crisis.

“The initiative of making the rural service for doctors has been appreciated by the Union Government and this can be replicated in other states also. The 108 ambulance services has revolutinised the medical care facilities in remore rural areas in the State,” said Limbavalli.

He stressed on the role of PPP model in improving the health care facilities.
Principal Secretary, Department of Health  and Family Welfare, Dr Ramana Reddy,  highlighted that the state had initiated number of innovative measures in the Princely State of Mysore itself.  One of the earliest initiatives was the opening of number of important hospitals in the Mysore State. The state has continued the tradition and has taken important measures which include establishing medical colleges, Mandatory rural service for doctors, mother and child tracking system through sms in rural areas, bio-medical waste management starting from PHC level, financial management information system under NRHM, e-procurement in the health sector and establishing super-speciality hospitals on PPP model. He visualised that the capacity building of human resources in the department would be a major challenge and needs to be addressed at the earliest.

Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Dr.Sriprakash, said that the professionals should adopt a patient-centric approach and care as a model for the health sector.

The Disease Surveillance Monitoring System through use of mobile and other communication technology is very much essential to  improve the levels of service delivery, he said.

Director general Administrative Training Institute  Amita Prasad welcomed the delegates. ANSSIRD director Ashraful Hasan proposed vote of thanks.

Limbavali also released a CD and a conference book brought out by the Administrative Training Institute on the occasion.

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