Taking hints from the second wave situation, the district administraion is all geared up to be prepared for the third wave of COVID-19 which is pridicted to hit in August end. As a part of this preparation, the administration has recently proposed to appoint 200 nurses to ensure proper delivery healthcare services in case of eventuality.
The proposal is pending at the level of the State Government.
“The number of beds in rural areas of the district has been increased gradually taking cue from the second wave of infections. However, only beds will be of no use if there is no requisite.manpower. Hence, a proposal was sent recently to the State Government to appoint 200 nurses,” said an officer familiar with the
process, but who did not wish to be named.
As the process for appointment of healthcare staff stands affected due to issues pertaining to reservation to Maratha quota etc, the proposal is probably pending for approval at the level of State Government.
Asked as to how in this situation would the administration bear the expenses on payment of wages to the nurses even if they were.appointed, the officer said that the funds could be drawn from District Planning Committee as well as from District Mineral Foundation.
Also, the nurses could be appointed on contractual basis. Considering the likelihood of third wave of COVID-19, the proposal was sent as part of preparedness on part of the administration.