Bhubaneswar: In a bid to make its mission of free healthcare service to all fruitful, Odisha Government has extended the retirement age of contractual doctors from 68 years to 70 years.
This was informed today by State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das at the ongoing two-day ‘Annual Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers’ Conference on priority programmes and schemes under National Health Mission & State Budget’ since yesterday.
In his media reactions on the sidelines of the crucial conference, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “I’ve asked our department and the CDMOs to make a plan for filling up the vacant posts of doctors and para medical staff. Directive has been issued today to the CDMOs for making the contractual appointments by July 15. Let them talk to the retired doctors and take their consent.”
He added, “We have National Health Mission (NHM) funds for the purpose. Similarly, we have corpus funds for the KBK districts. The CDMOs can utilize for the purpose of appointing contractual doctors.”
He further added, “The concerned Nodal Officer of KBK districts have also been directed to have field inspection by July 15 and report me about the status of ambulance availability and other facilities.”
“We will also have a Whatsapp group including the Collector, BDO, Tehsildar, concerned officers, including the Minister. At least we can know what is happening where,” informed the Health Minister of Odisha.