The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has taken up an initiative to mitigate the perpetual shortage of specialist doctors in the state.
The state is facing a shortage of doctors even as the number of Covid-19 cases is increasing at a rapid rate. The state cabinet on Monday approved the Health department’s proposal for establishing a diploma training course for the MBBS which will be called a specialist.
The proposal was placed before the cabinet on Monday. Addressing media persons after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, “There is a proposal from the health department for creation of a special training to the MBBS physician where they can be called specialists, however, their position will be below the specialist.”
Pertinently, Meghalaya is grappling with an acute shortage of Specialist Doctors as the need for strengthening the Health infrastructure is felt owing to the present situation.
Elaborating further, Tynsong said, “There is a shortage of specialist doctors as on today the shortage is not less than 121 numbers of specialist doctors.”
Stating that the government will set up a training centre which will be recognized all over the state, Prestone said, “With this initiative taken by the Government, after two years we will be able to have our own specialists maybe 20-30 of them but that depend according to the academic year and within no time we will not have any more shortage of specialist doctors.”
He further clarified that the Government will engage expertise from outside the state to train them.
“The duration of this training is for two years and after completion of this training they will be called a specialist,” he added.
Asked about the financial implication, Tynsong informed that for the initial investment, the state will require not less than Rs 2 crore for creating the infrastructure of the training centre.
“The expenditure needed to be spent by the state government annually will also come to around Rs 55 to Rs 60 lakh,” he said. He also informed that the government will have to engage expertise from outside the state to run the training centre adding “We will also try our best to increase the seats to 40 annually.”
Tynsong further maintained that the centre will cater to only people from the state of Meghalaya and not from outside.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also approved the draft Meghalaya Nursing Council Rules, 2020 and the Meghalaya Nursing Regulation, 2020.
According to Tynsong, all this while the rules have not been framed although the Act was notified way back in 1992.