Lucknow, Apr 18 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government is setting up a high-profile para-medical Institute under the Rural Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (RIMSR).
The decision -- approved by the state cabinet meeting here today chaired by chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav -- was taken after the state government scrapped plans for setting up of a Dental College at Safai, the hometown of the Samajwadi Party chief.
Briefing mediapersons, UP chief secretary Navin Chandra Bajpayee said the institute was aimed at ending the shortage of para-medical staff in government and private hospitals of the state.
The details of the new institute in the Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be submitted before the cabinet soon.
Mr Bajpayee said students would be trained in 12 disciplines including Nursing, Pharmacy, Pathalogy test, Radiology technician, Physico-therapy, cardiology therapy, CT-MRI technician, operation theatre training and hospital administration training.
At present there is shortage of about 29,000 nurses, 2000 pharmasists, 17,500 X-ray technicians and 16,300 lab technicians in the state.
He claimed the government shed the plan for the dental college as there was already a dental university, 21 private dental colleges alongwith dental faculty in six medical colleges of the state.
The new Para-medical Institute would be part of the RIMSR.
In another decision, the government has enhanced the penalty for doctors appointed on contractual basis for the Primary Health Centres (PHC) for their absence in duty.
The penalty which was Rs 100 per day for their absence has now been increased to Rs 500 per day. Besides, the doctors need to attend 20 patients daily.
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