59 to serve at four PHCs in the district
20 primary healthcare centres shortlistedDoctors to visit villages twice a week
KURNOOL: The persistent efforts of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to ensure the services of junior doctors in the rural areas have paid off. A team 59 junior doctors volunteered to serve the people at four primary health centres in the district beginning on March 3.
While addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of Kurnool Medical College on February 1, Dr. Kalam urged the medical students to serve in villages and administered an oath to that effect. After a few days, a senior officer from the office of the President rang up the Collector and Principal of the Medical College to track the progress.
Talking to reporters here on Friday, president of Junior Doctors' Association, P. Srinath Reddy and another office-bearer Naveen said 59 PG students volunteered to serve in the four PHCs. In fact, the team shortlisted 20 PHCs which were around 80 km and above from the district headquarters.
According to them, a team of four doctors comprising a general physician, a gynaecologist and a paediatrician would visit two PHCs every Saturday and two others on Tuesday.
Jaladurgam in Peapuly mandal and Narayanayapuram near Nandyal would be covered every Saturday and Nandavaram near Yemmiganur and Chapirevula in Bandi Atamakur mandal would be covered every Tuesday. Out of 160 junior doctors, 59 volunteered for the rural assignment.
The number is likely to go up during the next academic year. Dr. Reddy said they had indented for diagnostic kit and essential drugs, which would be supplied by District Medical and Health Department (DMHO). Transport would also be arranged by DMHO office. According to Dr. Reddy, the schedule was prepared for the entire month.