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CARING:A doctor examining a patient at the 24x7 PHC at Shirthady on Thursday.
CARING:A doctor examining a patient at the 24x7 PHC at Shirthady on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

It is an initiative of Union Government under NRHM

Revision comes into effect from next fiscal

11 PHCs in the district come under ‘remote' category

SHIRTHADY/SURATHKAL: The Union Government will double the monthly incentives being given to doctors and nurses in primary health centres (PHCs) located at “more remote” and “most remote” areas under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), from 2010-11. The incentives are given in addition to their salary. Doctors and nurses serving in 11 PHCs in Dakshina Kannada will benefit from this increase.

K.S. Prakash, District Project Management Officer, NRHM, Dakshina Kannada, told presspersons at Surathkal on Thursday that six PHCs in the district were in “more remote” places and five in “most remote” areas.

At present, doctors serving in “more remote” areas are paid Rs. 3,000 a month and nurses Rs. 1,500 a month as incentive. Those serving in “most remote areas” are getting Rs. 5,000 a month and Rs. 3,000 a month respectively as incentive. “These amounts will double from the next financial year,” Dr. Prakash said.

He said the intention of the Government was to motivate doctors and nurses to continue to stay at their respective PHCs.

The six PHCs in “more remote” areas in the district are at Peruvai, Kalladkka-Balthila and Daivasthala in Bantwal taluk, Shiradi and Kolthige in Puttur taluk and Kompadavu in Mangalore taluk. The five PHCs in “most remote” areas are at Kollamogaru in Sullia taluk, Nellikaru in Mangalore taluk, and Kaniyoor, Neriya and Hathyadkka in Belthangady taluk. The PHCs at Kollamogaru, Kaniyoor and Neriya function round the clock.

He said that of the 63 PHCs in the district, 23 were functioning round the clock since September 2008.

In addition, Dr. Prakash said, there were three nurses each in all the 24x7 PHCs. Recently, the post of a nurse fell vacant at Katipalla following some changes in the department. The vacant post would be filled shortly, he said.

Earlier, Health Department officials took presspersons to the 24x7 PHCs at Shirthady in Belthangady taluk and Surathkal in Mangalore taluk and explained their functioning.

Devu Nalke, a visitor at the Shirthady PHC, had good things to say about Prakash, a doctor serving there for the past six years.

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