Dehra Dun, May 7 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today asked health officials to prepare a comprehensive action plan to enhance medical facilities in remote areas of the state. During a review meeting of the health and family welfare department here, Bahuguna directed officials to prepare the action plan to provide better medical facilities to people living in remote areas of the hill state through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). He also asked officials to study the experiences of other states in this regard. Bahuguna said he had discussed the issue with the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad regarding the action plan to enhance the medical services in the state and he had been assured of all possible assistance from the centre. In this regard, he also informed the meeting that the Union Minister is expected to visit Uttarakhand on June 9. He asked the state’s NRHM officer to take help from the officials from the centre regarding health infrastructures in the state so that the issue could be put before Azad during his proposed visit next month. Referring to the shortage of doctors, the Chief Minister asked the officials to take the services of private specialists as visiting doctors. He also directed them to ensure strict implementation of conditions under which every doctor passing out of government medical colleges has to render his compulsory service in the hill areas. In this regard, he asked them to make a provision of 3 years compulsory service for male doctors and 2 years for female doctors. He also directed officials to depute intern doctors in the hill districts. Instructing the senior medical officers to conduct personal visits to Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres on regular basis, Bahuguna expressed the hope that this would inspire junior doctors and motivate them.
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