Friday, 12 January 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
After a long wait, the State administration has finally appointed four Emergency Medical Officers (EMOs) in the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) Hospital. These doctors have been asked to join their duties within next 15 days.
Principal of the GDMC Dr Pradip Bharati Gupta said the appointment letters for these EMOs have been issued by Secretary Medical Education Nitesh Jha.
The EMOs are Dr Mukesh Kumar Upadhyaya, Dr Naresh, Dr Meera Joshi and Dr Arun Kumar. Gupta said these EMOs have been selected by the Uttarakhand Medical Services Selection Board (UMSSB) and would be given permanent appointment in the medical college.
It is worth mentioning here that all faculty members in the medical college barring The Principal and Medical education director Dr Ashutosh Sayana are working on contract. The Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr K K Tamta and Dr K C Pant have been sent to the medical college hospital from the medical health and family welfare department by the government. With these appointments the number of EMOs in the hospital would increase to six.
At present the emergency wing of the associated hospital of GDMC suffers from acute shortage of EMOs. The hospital has five sanctioned posts of EMO while the medical college has four posts of Causality Medical Officer (CMO).
Out of these total nine posts the hospital has only two EMOs at present.
After joining their duties, these EMOs would help in brining the emergency services of the biggest hospital of the State on track.
In absence of EMOs, the hospital administration had to deploy Senior Residents and senior doctors in the emergency wing.
The Principal further informed that the recruitment advertisement for filling 14 positions of faculty in the medical college would be released soon. These include seven posts of Professors and seven posts of Associate Professors.
GDMC BOUGHT LEAD APRONS, MANDATORY TLD AFTER ORDERED
The cracking of whip by the regulator Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has forced the administration of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) to purchase the Lead aprons and the mandatory Thermo Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD) badges used for measuring ionizing radiation exposure for the workers of radiology department.
The Principal of the GDMC, Dr Pradip Bharati Gupta confirmed that the college has received eleven radiation badges to the workers. These badges were provided by the AERB. He said that these badges would keep the workers of the radiology department in the safe limit of radiations.
These badges would measure the exposure of radiation of the workers when these radiations exceed a certain level these workers would be given a break.
In the month of October last year, the enforcement team of AERB had found gross violations of radiation safety norms and absence of mandatory clearances in the GDMC hospital. The team had sealed one X- ray and one mammography machine and pasted warning of seizing CT scan, digital X -ray and Ultrasound machine if necessary safety measures are not adopted within a month. The team also disclosed that the machines of radiology department of the biggest hospital of the state in government sector were functioning without registration. After their visit the hospital administration completed the formalities of the registration.
During the visit the AERB team members had observed that the technicians were not wearing the Lead apron TLD badges used for measuring ionizing radiation exposure.
After the warning of the radiation safety regulator the administration of the medical college swung into action and initiated the process of installation of safety norms.
Radiation safety measures are very important to minimize the harmful effects of the X rays which are ionizing radiations. These rays have negative effect on the body and pituitary, the master gland in particular is most susceptible to the radiations. The AERB has also given its sanction to the radiodiagnostic machines of the department of radiology.
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