In order to meet the shortage of Class-IV staff in Government Medical College and its associate hospitals in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, the Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha has approved to engage 200 nursing orderlies on outsourcing basis.
The Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar and Jammu had submitted a proposal to the administrative department for engagement of 100 nursing orderlies each on outsourcing basis with justifications to deal with the workload at Class-IV level causes due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposal was examined in the Health and Medical Education department also with reference to its financial implications and it was found that such engagements against the available vacancies can be made on outsourcing basis at the rates as are being provided by the National Health Mission (NHM) which works to Rs 9527 per person per month.
After the proposal was placed before the LG, he approved the engagement of 100 nursing orderlies each for Government Medical College Srinagar and Jammu with the rates being paid by NHM in such cases.
The outsourcing arrangements shall be for a period of six months or till the posts are filled-up through the selection agency.
In March, most doctors and paramedics leading the fight against COVID-19 in Kashmir had voiced concern over inadequate medical infrastructure, and said there is a lack of manpower to deal with the pandemic if it intensifies in the Valley.
Dr Suhail Nayak, president of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), had said there is an urgent need for staff that can run ICUs and high-dependency units.
Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a massive rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infected people till Thursday to 26,949. Srinagar tops the list with 6577 cases.