Bihar health minister asks doctors to be present on duty 24x7

Health, minor irrigation and environment and forest minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Tuesday asked the health department officials to ensure 24X7 presence of doctors in the emergency wards of all medical college hospitals across the state so that patients get all the facilities even in odd hours.

Presiding over a review meeting with health officials at secretariat, Tej Pratap asked the principal secretary (health) Brajesh Mehrotra to also ensure that the government doctors posted in district hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs) reside at their places of posting.

The minister announced he would make surprise visits to find loopholes in the functioning of medical colleges and government hospitals and ensure that doctors are on duty. Strict action would be take against those found negligent.

Yadav asked Mehrotra to keep the emergency wards of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences and child ward of PMCH working round-the clock. He also issued instructions to make available all the life-saving drugs in hospitals so that attendants of patients are not harassed in getting the medicine.

The minister also instructed the principal secretary to keep monitor the government doctors' posting and duty hours and find out if any of them refrains from duty. He instructed the senior doctors to visit their wards twice at night.

To make government hospitals well-equipped, Tej Pratap reviewed the availability of CT-Scan, MRI, X-Ray and Ventilator machines and asked the officials concerned to get all the non-functional machines repaired. He ordered that cleanliness must be maintained in all the hospitals and agents of private hospitals are not able to misguide and lure patients.

He further instructed all the private hospitals and nursing homes to abide by rules and regulations. Expressing his gratitude towards the people of Bihar for supporting Mahagathbandhan, Tej Pratap said the government machinery would function for the benefit of common people. If anyone faces a problem, then s/he could give his complaint in writing.

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