By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 23 Dec: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participated in the Uttarakhand Health Employment Generation Programme (Uttarakhand Swasthaya Srijan Karyakram) at his official residence, here, today. On the occasion, he presented appointment letters to 604 new Community Health Officers from 13 districts.
Dhami congratulated all the newly appointed CHOs present at the programme. He said that the role of health and wellness centres is very important to improve the health of the general public. Along with this, wellness centres work to provide health services at the village level. Health and wellness centres played an important role during the Corona pandemic, he recalled. Community Health Officers are the strong pillars of these centres.
Dhami added, “Such programmes are being conducted across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The objective of these events is to provide health services to remote areas. The Prime Minister has resolved to provide employment to 10 lakh youth every year. This programme is a part of that resolve. At present, about 1790 health and wellness centres are functioning in Uttarakhand and now the state has got 604 new CHOs.”
He further said India is now the 5th largest economy in the world. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the country is making rapid progress in every field. New works are being done in every field to fulfill the resolve to make India a ‘developed nation’. The “Startup India” campaign has established the potential of the country’s youth before the whole world. Today, more than 80,000 startups have been established in India.
Dhami reminded that about 3.50 lakh persons were registered by the CHOs working under the campaign, who were checked for high blood pressure, diabetes, mouth and breast cancer, eye check-up, as well as treatment of people suffering from TB in one year. He said that the state government would make the state Tuberculosis (TB) free by 2024.
Health Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat declared that health facilities are being continuously upgraded in the state. The state government would provide jobs to 10 thousand people in the health sector by March 2023, in which 2900 posts would be of nursing staff, 850 posts of ANM, 339 posts of Assistant Professor in Medical Colleges, 376 posts of MBBS doctors under National Health Mission (NHM). Under this, along with the recruitment of 1600 people, more than 2000 vacant posts of technicians would also be filled in various medical units. He said that there are about 1800 Health and Wellness Centres in the State, in which 1200 Community Health Officers were posted while 604 CHOs have been given fresh posting today.
Present on this occasion were Mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’, Health Secretary Dr R Rajesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of HNB Medical Education University, Prof Hem Chandra, senior officials of Health Department, District Magistrates of Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh through virtual medium.