R.K. Radhakrishnan

Many of those selected refuse to join duty in backward districts of State "One more special recruitment drive will be conducted"

CHENNAI: Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran made a candid statement in the Assembly on Wednesday: despite the Government recruiting doctors for vacant posts across the State, many selected for about 10 backward districts refuse to join their place of duty.

He was replying to a request from Polur Varadan (Congress), who highlighted the need to post doctors at health outposts and centres in Tiruvannamalai district and said there were many vacancies.

Mr. Ramachandran said Tiruvannamalai was one the districts where a majority of the selected doctors did not join duty.

Later, talking to The Hindu he said apart from Tiruvannamalai, health districts that had very few doctors were, Udhagamandalam, Tiruvarur, Cheyyar, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Vellore, Kallakuruchi, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.

This was despite the department organising a recruitment drive.

One more special recruitment drive would be conducted.

Medicines stock

The Health Department had studied the communicable disease pattern over the years in an effort to take up early intervention. As part of an initiative, adequate stock of medicines needed to combat water-borne diseases and common summer diseases had been sent to district warehouses of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.

"From now on, there will be no shortage in the event of an outbreak of any known diseases. The headquarters in Chennai will have ample stock of medicines and the districts are being supplied based on their requirements and past disease patterns."

Seasonal feature

This would be a seasonal feature.

The Medical Services Corporation would periodically stock medicines to combat common communicable diseases of that particular feature.

Disease outbreaks in neighbouring states were being closely monitored, he said.