Bhubaneswar: For the safety and security of doctors & other medical staff, the State Government has asked all district administrations to install CCTV cameras in all Government-run hospitals in the State.
Shalini Pandit, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare has written a letter to all Collectors, SPs, CDMOs and Directors of Capital Hospital & RGH, Rourkela, for this purpose on Friday.
She said violence, harassment and even physical assault to doctors and health officials on duty are being reported from different parts of the State. The State Government has “Zero Tolerance” towards violence against doctors. So the district administrations take exemplary action against the miscreants, she said.
In view of the increasing untoward situations in the premises of health institutions like manhandling of doctors and staff of the institutions, she has suggested taking certain steps including installation of CCTV cameras at vital locations of the hospitals for monitoring of the activities in the hospital.
Shrimati Pandit also asked to introduce a visitors pass system for the indoor patients. Two entry passes are to be issued per patient for attending the patient during the official visiting hour and the attendants entering the ward should be frisked out by the internal security guards, Secretary H&FW said.
All the regular and contractual employees of the hospital will be provided with an ID card. The entry of the general public and vehicles will also be regulated strictly to stop the thoroughfare.
Similarly, signage highlighting the Odisha Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2008 will also be placed in front of the health institutions.
The internal security will patrol the campus and take steps for removal of unauthorized vehicles and vendors. Two security hubs will be deployed to the crowded departments of the district headquarters hospitals. The telephone number of the two hubs will be made available through the display of signage.
Further, a public redressal system will also be developed in which the aggrieved attendants may approach the superintendent/head of office of the health institution at the time of need rather than taking the law into their hands.
The same along with the phone number will also be displayed in conspicuous places of the campus of the health institutions.
In case any law and order situation arises, the SP of the concerned district will have to take immediate strict & appropriate action as per law against the miscreants in order to discourage people from such activities, she added.