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5T Boosts Health Care

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday advised the new Assistant Professors to follow the 5T initiative of the government and try to bring smiles on the faces of patients and their close family members. 

Congratulating the new recruits at an induction programme here, the CM said that it should always be borne in mind always that their success does not belong solely to them. Secretary to CM V K Pandian moderated the meeting.

“It belongs to society. Our success is a contribution of our society. It’s our moral and ethical responsibility to give back to society and bring smile on the face of people. In your case, there can be no better reward than a smile on the face of a mother when her ailing child is cured. This is the real satisfaction in your job,” CM said. 

Speaking on 5T initiative of his government he said, “All of you might be aware of our 5T Initiative, where application of components like Transparency, Technology, Team work, Time lead to Transformation. This will be a key principle throughout your career.” 

Welcoming the new recruits, Patnaik said that recruitment of such a large number of Assistant Professors at one go will boost the health education and improve the healthcare service bringing satisfaction for people. 

“We have always believed strongly in ‘Sustha Odisha, Sukhi Odish’. For us, ‘Every Life matters’. It has been the fundamental principle of our governance in providing health care facilities to the people of Odisha,” he reiterated. 

Patnaik said the  State Government is committed to provide universal access to quality health care services and bring down the out-of-pocket expenses of the people. 

The size of the budget of the Health Department is increasing over the years.

“The budget estimate in healthcare has almost doubled to over Rs 12,000 crore in this financial year since 2019-20. It is more than six percent of the State Plan,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that the Chief Minister has directed to fill up all posts of medical officers and professors in all govt health facilities.

“The state is providing cashless health service to over 70,000 patients every month and spending Rs 70 crore per month,” he added.

Three new recruits – Prof Dr Manoja Bhuyan, Dr Bandana Mohapatra and Dr Gopal Nayak– praised the recruitment system saying that it’s absolutely fair and transparent.

“It will definitely improve the quality of health education and healthcare,” they said.

Interacting with the new professors, Secretary to CM VK Pandian advised them to follow ‘Mo Sarkar’.

Explaining the tenets of the programme he said, as they have come through a transparent system, similarly, they should also see that the people who come to them are treated respectfully and not harassed. 

The Secretary to CM said that for a long time, the state was stuck with only three medical colleges and new government medical colleges could not come up due to lack of teachers .

“One day, the Chief Minister decided that Odisha cannot wait more for health education. The state has to go for medical education in a big way. Today there are 11 medical colleges in the state. And some more in the pipeline,” he said. 

As many as 203 Assistant Professors Friday joined Odisha Medical Education Service.

Health & FW Secretary Shalini Pandit and Director Medical Education were present on the occasion.