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Pondy Government to recruit doctors on contract basis

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The Health Minister, E. Valsaraj, releasing a poster to be used in a leprosy detection campaign in Pondicherry on Wednesday. The Lawspet MLA, M.O.H.F. Shahjahan, and the Health Secretary, C.V.S. Rama Rao, are looking on. — Photo : T. Singaravelou

PONDICHERRY, JAN. 21. The Pondicherry Health Minister, E. Valsaraj, today said the Government would appoint more doctors on contract basis to meet shortage of doctors.

Launching an inter-State border leprosy detection campaign at the Primary Health Centre here, he said as many do not prefer working in rural areas, the Government would recruit doctors on contract and post them in villages.

He expressed the hope that students passing out of the 5 medical colleges ( 1 government-run and 4 private) would come forward to work in rural areas. Even in the Government General Hospital there were not enough doctors.

On the leprosy campaign, he said it would cover 1.6 lakh people in 97 border villages, served by 25 primary health centres. The campaign was to find out the hidden cases of leprosy. In 1989, Pondicherry had a ratio of 55 persons in every 10,000 afflicted with leprosy. But, now it had come down to 1.43 for every 10,000.

He called upon doctors, nurses and para-medical staff to create awareness among the public of the disease.

While Mahe had been declared zero per cent incidence of leprosy, Pondicherry too should follow suit.

Mr. Valsaraj, who released pamphlets, stickers and posters to be used in the campaign, distributed blankets to patients. An award of Rs. 500 each was given to two leprosy patients who had been completely cured and rehabilitated with their families.

A total of 200 leprosy patients would receive blankets in Pondicherry.

He announced that the Kalapet PHC building, which was in a poor condition, would be demolished and a new building built. Work was expected to begin next month with the Government sanctioning Rs. 25 lakhs.

The Lawspet MLA, M.O.H.F. Shahjahan, appealed that a trauma care centre be opened at Kalapet.

He said that with the opening of East Coast Road, the area had become accident-prone and victims were forced to go to private hospitals for treatment.

The Health Secretary, CVS Rama Rao, hoped that leprosy would be eradicated in Pondicherry in the next 2-3 years.

The Director, Health and Family Welfare Services and Medical Superintendent (acting), Government General Hospital, Dilip Kumar Baliga, said if detected early, leprosy could be treated with a single dosage.

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