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Jharkhand’s cabinet extends the services of retired government doctors to 10 months

RANCHI: Faced with a shortage of healthcare professionals to fight Covid-19 in the state, the Jharkhand government on Tuesday approved a one-time extension of the services of retired government doctors for up to 10 months, said a government official.

The proposal from the Ministry of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare was given the green light at the State Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

Jharkhand faces a physician shortage and has only 1,597 non-teaching physicians out of a licensed staff of 2,316.

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Only 285 doctors are available in the teaching category against a sanctioned workforce of 591, a state government spokesperson said.

In accordance with the decision, the chief minister approved the proposal to expand the services of the health service physicians of state executives retiring between May 2021 and September 2021 to March 2022, the official said.

Of the total number of doctors in the state health services, 44 in the non-teaching category and 15 in the teaching category are expected to retire next year.

Likewise, the services of those who retire between October 2021 and March 2022 have been extended for six months from the date of their retirement, the spokesperson added.

The State Cabinet, in another decision, approved a proposal to declare mucormycosis an epidemic amid the growing number of cases.

“Under the leadership of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the black fungus has been declared as an epidemic,” the CMO had tweeted earlier.

A total of 79 confirmed cases and 53 suspected cases have been reported in 18 out of 24 districts. Twenty-six people have also succumbed to the infection, the spokesperson said.

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection resulting in prolonged morbidity or even mortality in Covid-19 patients.

Another Cabinet decision concerned the formation of a Special Auxiliary Police of Retired Indian Army Soldiers / JCOs / Officers.

Approval was also given to the proposal to relax the qualifications prescribed for the nomination of recommended players under the Player Rules of Jharkhand (Direct Nomination), 2014.

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