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Govt approves commencement of DNB courses in Tertiary, District Hospitals

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Aims to address shortage of Specialists

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SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the start of DNB (Diplomats of National Board) Courses in the
Tertiary Level and District Hospitals of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed considerable improvement in the health sector over the years. In many health parameters, Jammu and Kashmir is ranked ahead of the national average. The Infant
Mortality Rate (IMR) has been brought down from 34 to 26 (eight points) alone in 2018, which is highest among all states.
However, there is still shortage of specialists in the District and Sub-District Hospitals. To address the shortage in rural/peripheral set-ups, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India has authorized the National Board of Examination (NBE) to start DNB programmes in the State owned District/Provincial Hospitals having the potential to meet the minimum
accreditation requirements.
The National Board of Examination conducts its postgraduate and postdoctoral programmes in teaching hospitals accredited by it and in medical colleges accredited by the MCI under the title of
‘DNB’. The DNB courses have been declared equivalent to MD/MS/other higher courses recognized by MCI.
The commencement of DNB courses in District Hospitals will be an important endeavor to address the key concerns of shortage of specialists in District Hospitals. With the implementation of DNB
programme in Jammu and Kashmir, 225 DNB seats shall become available in such institutions by January 2020, thus giving opportunities of higher education to the doctors and increasing the
availability of specialists in the District Hospitals. This programme is supported by National Health Mission (NHM) and with its implementation, Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna
(PMJAY), shall also get boost in its implementation.
Once the DNB courses are started in core specialties of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Radiology and Pathology etc, the health care institutions are expected
to deliver comprehensive range of specialized services especially teaching & research.
In a separate decision, SAC approved commencement of B.SC Paramedical Courses in the Super Specialty Hospitals at Jammu and Srinagar and in the Associated Hospitals of the new GMCs of Anantnag,
Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.
Creation of 31 posts of Accounts Officers in Police Department approved
SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved creation of 31 posts of Accounts Officers in the Police Department.
SAC approved creation of 6 posts of Accounts Officers by corresponding reduction of 6 posts of Assistant Accounts Officers in the offices of ADGP Armed, J&K, ADGP Security, ADGP CID, J&K, IGP
Crime, J&K, IGP Telecom, J&K and SSP Srinagar.
SAC approved creation of 25 posts of Accounts Officers in the SSP offices of all 22 districts in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Divisions besides the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory, SP
Awantipora, SP Handwara and SP Sopore.
The creation of posts of Accounts Officers and providing each district establishment with an Accounts Officer will ensure budget control, better management of funds and enforcement of financial
discipline. This will also relieve the Police officers from additional duties of DDOs and enable them to devote their full time to their primary assigned duties.

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