A 14-point questionnaire sent to all government medical colleges and teaching hospitals

The State government is giving priority to trauma care, transfusion medicine and hospital administration in the medicare programme, Director of Medical Education G. Shanta Rao said in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Dr. Shanta Rao, who took charge as DME recently, told mediapersons that he had sent a 14-point questionnaire to all the government medical colleges and teaching hospitals in the State to get details of present status of each institution, its needs, how the Directorate could help it and facilitate help from the government. He is also planning to hold a meeting with the principals and superintendent of all medical colleges and hospitals to discuss their needs which could be taken up with the government.

He asserted that the one year compulsory service in hospitals for the medical, PG and diploma students for receiving their degree, being introduced from this year, was a good step and also necessary. “You will find 5,000 to 6,000 additional doctors attending on patients in various government hospitals and the basic medical care in government hospitals will thus improve,” Dr. Shanta Rao said. He wanted the students to understand that the rule in the right spirit and serve society. The DME also said the government would provide a decent remuneration and arranging accommodation could also be thought of as safety of girl students is important. The DME (academic) who is convenor of this programme is working out the details and every measure being taken was sensitive to the future and prospects of the medical students, Dr. Shanta Rao said.

Since super speciality doctors are needed more, capacity building is getting attention. Super speciality courses were earlier confined to the twin cities and Visakhapatnam and now they are opened in Guntur, Kakinada and other places, he said.

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