GUWAHATI, July 20 - The State government has taken the initiative to ensure that some advanced medical amenities become accessible to the common people. In the backdrop of the sorry state of affairs in the civil hospitals where doctors are often absent, the government has decided that the civil hospitals will have a group of doctors including an anaesthetist for conducting surgeries.
Replying on behalf of Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to a cut motion today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly said that health for all is the topmost priority of the government and that steps have been taken to improve the infrastructure of the hospitals.
�We have decided to streamline appointments, posting and functioning of these hospitals to provide proper medical treatment to the poor,� said Patowary.
Patowary also said that the government�s thrust would be on immunisation of every child in the State in the coming days.
Acknowledging that shortage of doctors has caused miseries to the common people for whom the civil hospitals are the only option, Patowary said that appointments would be made as per the official procedure to fill the gap.
On the other hand, the Minister said that he supports the suggestion coming from a member of the Opposition for increasing the tenure of rural service of the MBBS pass-outs to five years.