Patna: Referring to the WHO’s guidelines for doctor’s people ratio, Bihar government today informed that the state has 1 lakh 19 thousand doctors against the required strength of 1 lakh 20 thousand as per it’s population of 12 crores.
Replying to a short noticed question of RJD member Mr Lalit Yadav during pre-lunch sitting, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey said that the population of Bihar is 12 crore and as per the guidelines of WHO the strength of doctors in the state should be 1 lakh 20 thousand against which the state has 1 lakh, 19 thousand doctors.
Giving details of the registered doctors in the state, Mr Pandey said that the state has 40 thousand 1 hundred 49 allopathy doctors, 34 thousand 259 homoeopathic, 33 thousand 922 Ayurvedic ,5 thousand 203 Yunnani doctors and 6 thousand 130 dentists.
The minister further said that currently against the sanctioned strength of 814 specialists doctors 113 were available and against the sanctioned strength of 915 general doctors 279 were available. Similarly, 9 posts of dentists were sanctioned against which the state has 7 dentists.
To further meet the requirements 11 new medical colleges, 23 new GNMs and 28 new Paramedical Institute where been set up in the state.
Mr Pandey said that 4000 doctors including 929 specialist doctors and 3186 general doctors were appointed between July to August last year.
He said that to appoint 6336 doctors including 3706 specialists the government was in contact with Bihar Technical Recruitment Commission. He assured to make the appointments soon after getting the recommendation from the commission.
BJP member Nitish Mishra suggested to fast track the appointment process in the interest if the people.
The minister said that posts of 9130 nurses were vacant against which 5017 nurses have been appointed on the recommendations of the commission whereas the process for appointment on the rest of the vacant posts was in progress.