Haryana to recruit more doctors for ''doorstep'' services

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Panchkula, Nov 22 (UNI) Haryana Government will recruit 800 doctors in the state to provide prompt health services to the people at their door steps.

Besides, effective steps would be taken to minimise ''out of pocket expenses'' incurred by the patients on their indoor treatment, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said yesterday while inaugurating the three-day international conference of Federation of Operative Dentistry of India and Indian Endodontics Society held near here.

The Chief Minister said State Government had adopted the Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS) and decided that all new constructions would be as per IPHS and existing buildings of the Health institutions would be upgraded in the phased manner as per IPHS by 2012.

He further said that as many as 40 Community Health Centres (CHC) had been identified to be upgraded to IPHS.

Mr Hooda, speaking at the conference which was being organised for the first time in Haryana, said that the state had taken effective steps to revamp the only Dental College at Rohtak.

He said that state of the art modern equipments like operative microscopes, radio visuographic units and micro surgical instruments had been added to the existing lot of equipments.

The Chief Minister took a round of the Trade Exhibition put up by various organisations on this occasion and evinced keen interest in a dental chair equipped with microscope.

He also released a souvenir and a book of Indian Endodomatics Society ''Standard of Practice''. A memento was presented to the Chief Minister.

The President Dental Council of India, Dr Anil Kohli lauded the role of Haryana Government in setting up of Medical University and appointment of dental surgeons at Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the State.

He revealed that there were only 17 dental colleges in 1959 and it had been increased 71 in 2006.

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