Jammu: With objective to improve health care facilities in rural hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir, the government has formulated District Residency Program under which every Post Graduate doctors have to serve rural areas for three months.
Sources in the Health Department said that preparations to implement the District Residency Program in Jammu and Kashmir are in full swing and the duty roster of doctors pursuing post graduation has already been prepared.
“Under District Residency Program, it will be mandatory for the PG doctors in the medical colleges of Jammu and Kashmir to serve for a period of three months in rural hospitals across the Union Territory,” official sources said.
They further added that only those doctors, who give duty for a period of three months, will get the professional degrees, adding, “the District Residency Program ready to be implemented from the month of July in Jammu and Kashmir.”
An official said that preparations are in full swing and the first batch of doctors will join their duties as per the roster from the month of July.
“The first batch will give duty in 12 district hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir from the month of July to September,” they said adding that as per the roster, the duties are to be performed in rural hospitals of the districts having no Government Medical Colleges including Ganderbal, District Hospital Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipora, Handwara, Reasi, Samba, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Ramban and Poonch Hospitals.
This program will not be implemented in Kathua, Doda, Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts except Jammu and Srinagar as all these districts have . Medical colleges functional, they said..
Similarly, the official said that the second batch will give duty from October to December and next year too, PG doctors will have to give duty for three-three months as per the roster.
“The implementation of the District Residency Program will help in strengthening the health services at the district level and will also provide experience of serving in rural areas,” they said.
A senior Doctor said that all the students doing PG in medical colleges, whether they are in clinical departments or in non-clinical, they have to give duty in rural district hospitals for three months. The roster has been released so that if anyone wants to change it, can contact the department, they said adding, “the program will be implemented from the month of July.”
“During three months of duty, care will be taken of the accommodation, conveyance and safety related facilities of the doctors while the committees have also been formed at various levels to implement this program with zeal,” he asserted.
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