There will be no dearth of budget for controlling Covid – Health Minister

Jaipur, August 17.Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma felicitated selected medical personnel at a state-level function organised in Ajmer on Monday. On this occasion, 17 officers and employees of the health department were awarded certificates.

Dr Sharma was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the new auditorium at JLN Medical College in Ajmer and felicitation of selected doctors and medical personnel. He also announced to name the auditorium in the name of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

The Health Minister expressing gratitude to medical personnel said that the medical personnel during the covid period have worked with complete dedication and selflessness. This was the reason the national average of Covid death rate was 1.24%, while in Rajasthan it was only 0.93%. He said that the State Government will not allow any dearth of budget for controlling covid. He said that despite agonising circumstances during the last 1.5-2 years and with only 30% revenue, Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot opened the exchequer to increase the facilities in hospitals.

Dr Sharma said that genome sequencing was started in Jaipur to test covid variants. He said that prior to covid, the availability of medical oxygen in the state was around 400 metric tonnes and now with continuous efforts has been increased to 615 metric tonnes. Soon the target of 1000 metric tonnes will be achieved, he added.

He said that children are feared to be at the greatest risk during the anticipated third wave of corona. Looking at it, the health infrastructures in the State are continuously being upgraded. More than 550 NICU and PICU beds have been readied and centralised oxygen supply is being ensured at all the beds. He said that more than 450 medical oxygen plants have been set up. Besides this, adequate facilities are being developed at 332 Community Health Centres along with availability of oxygen beds so that patients could get treatment within their vicinity. This will reduce the additional load on the district hospitals.

Medical Education Secretary Shri Vaibhav Galriya in the function said that the State Government has focussed on development of infrastructures in the health sector and the results were fruitful. At present, facilities from PHC to Medical College level have developed to the extent that patients from the neighbouring States are relying  on Rajasthan for treatment.

The Health Minister inspected the land at Kayad near Ajmer where a new medical college worth Rs 200 will be built. Along with, he dedicated works worth about Rs 30 crore to the public and laid the foundation stone of works of more than Rs 70 crore. He dedicated cardiology cath lab, multi disciplinary research unit (MDRU) and skill centre to the public. He inspected the medicine block, PG Girls hostel, paediatric block and multi-storey parking, oxygen generation plant and mortuary being built under the Smart City Project.  

Felicitation of Medical Personnel

JLN Medical College Principal Dr VB Singh, Health Department Deputy Secretary Shri Sanjay Sharma, Bhilwara PMO Dr AK Gaur, RUHS Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Ajeet Singh, CHMO Jaipur I Dr Narottam Sharma, SMS Hospital Additional Superintendent Dr Narendra Singh Chauhan, Senior Professor Sardar Patel Medical College Bikaner Dr Surendra Kumar, RUHS Hospital Jaipur Dr Govind Rakawat, Drug Control Officer Sikar Shri Baldevaram, Assistant Director Raj-MES Jaipur headquarters Dr Vandana Sharma, State Nodal Officer (immunity) Jaipur Dr Devendra Sodhi, Nursing Tutor Hall Registrar Nursing Council Jaipur Shri Mahesh Kumar Sharma, Nurse Grade II Zenana Hospital Jaipur Smt Vinita Shekhawat, ANM sub centre Bori Surpur-Dungarpur Smt Devyanti Pandya, Junior Assistant RNT Medical College Udaipur Shri Gaurav Parihar, Nurse Grade I Medical College Jodhpur Shri Ravindra Gupta and fourth class employee Shri Jaman Sahai were felicitated with certificate and memento.