PUDUCHERRY: Staking claim for Statehood, Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Wednesday stressed the need for directly appointing specialist doctors in Puducherry, instead of recruitment through UPSC in New Delhi. Puducherry, being an Union Territory, cannot have a recruitment commission of its own and recruitment of doctors and other Group A posts have to be done only through the UPSC.
He made this comment after inaugurating a host of facilities at the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (IGGGH&PGI), including a 128- CT scan centre, a neuro intensive care unit, two-wheeler parking for doctors and staff, a dining hall, and a renovated temple. Secretary (Health) V Candavelou, Director Health and Family Welfare Dr K V Raman and other officials of the Health department were present on the occasion.
Explaining his stance, Rangasamy said doctors appointed through UPSC went away after serving for a month or two, thereby making it difficult to provide specialist care to patients. Therefore specialists from the UT needed to be appointed so that they stayed and worked here, the CM said. The government has tied up with specialists from Chennai to offer facilities like kidney transplant and treatment of congenital heart diseases. Similarly, open heart surgery and heart transplant would be arranged for by tying up with specialists in Chennai, he added.
The CT scanner, acquired at a cost of `7 crore, can generate 128 slices per rotation. It has the advantage of rapid scan times and multi-planar reconstruction. Additionally, latest software enables its usage for cardiac, brain, brain blood flow with excellent image quality in accurate diagnosis. It is also equipped with a state of the art technology which has the ability to reduce radiation dose by upto 75 per cent. This scanner will help in diagnosing patients with head injuries, stroke, early diagnosis of cancer conditions and will also help in staging wherein treatment can be started early leading to reduced mortality and morbidity, besides also diagnosing vascular problems with the CT angiography.