Opposition demands discussion on action against paramedics, minister justifies

Opposition demands discussion on action against paramedics, minister justifies

Raipur, March 21: Opposition leaders raise the issue of action against the paramedics and others claiming that it has brought the medical care and assistance crumbling in state. Replying to the adjournment motion brought Health minister Ajay Chandrakar denies the allegations in Chhattisgarh State Assembly on Tuesday.

Adjournment motion from 198 to 233 was moved by opposition leaders Bhupesh Baghel, Satyanarayan Sharma, Dhanendra Sahu, Dr (Mrs) Renu Jogi, Khelsai Singh, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjeet Bhagat, Ram Dayal Uike,  Manoj Singh Mandavi among others including Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo.

The leaders stated that health department is taking action against the illegal operating clinics and pathology centres under the Nursing Act. The health department with assistance of police is sealing them in hundreds. Taking the backdrop of paramedical doctors, the ayurvedic, homeopathy and Unani system degree holder doctors are also being targeted.

The ayurvedic doctors have registered strong objection regarding it even though they do not fall under the Nursing Act. The leaders stated that 80 percent of the primary health care service is being provided by these ayurvedic, homeopathy and Unani including recognized paramedical degree holders.  They are duly recognized by the state government. Ayurved course is taught in allopathy system also while these doctors carry out their internship in both government ayurvedic and allopathy hospitals. In states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Harayana, BAMS doctors have been given legal permission for allopathic treatment also.

The paramedical certificate course, prospects of Government of Chhattisgarh states that they can practice as paramedical worker and for which government has charged Rs 20,000 as fees. State government has also given recognition to three-years medical courses and based on the Chhattisgarh High Court order has appointed them in government service.

One year paramedical course student has been registered by Chhattisgarh Medical Council for identifying the diseases in rural areas, treatment for general common diseases and also referring the patients to the right place. They are given permission to practice independently.

The raids are being conducted on the grounds of Nursing Home Act along with clinic rent receipt and environmental pollution related points, which is objectionable. Citing the high court order in Raipur itself around 350 clinics have been sealed. In total state it is more than 1000 while the opposition leaders alleged that in name of action illegal gratification is being sought.

The MLAs said that doctors had approached the department and the health minister but no one heard their point due to which the health facilities have come crashing down in both rural and urban areas. They said that the situation is turning out of control, so the proceedings of House can be suspended to hold discussion on the issue.

Replying to the call attention motion, Health and family welfare minister Ajay Chandrakar in a written statement said that if any institution is not following the provisions of Chhattisgarh State Nursing and Clinic Act 2010, the action is being taken against such centres. State government has constituted a committee in all the districts for taking action against such clinic, pathology lab and nursing home which are not running as per the provisions of act. The present action is being taken by the committee at district level.

Additional to it, the quack doctors/illegally run medical institutions and medical works, a committee has been constituted at district and block level, where it is taking action against such centres.

Allopathy, ayurvedic, homeopathy, Unani, naturopathy, Siddha, yoga is all fall under the registered medical system. Such organizations are being run under the provisions of Chhattisgarh Act 2010 or Indian Medical Council Act, no action is being taken against them. The paramedical practitioners holding the paramedical certificate course do not have the right of doing private practice.

Under the Act 2013 the bio-medical waste management is a must and the probe team area also looking into the different aspects of Environment Pollution Control rules mainly dealing with bio-medical waste management.

There is no such illegal gratification as the allegations raised by opposition and the whole medical care system is failing under the pressure. Minister states that the people are happy that action is being taken against the illegal centres and no valid doctor has been brought under the purview of probe. The medical care system is working normally.

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