Working for patient wellbeing, not just treatment: Dwivedi urges doctors

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“We need a strong cadre of healthcare administrators for whom we need to invest more in skills development, training and capacity building programs. As India transitions from developing to developed country status, it is important that our health sector evolves simultaneously.”

The remarks were made by Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Manoj Kumar Dwivedi during the inauguration of a five-day management development program for doctors in Jammu Division at Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar on Saturday.

The training program is conducted by the Academy of Hospital Administration Jammu Chapter in association with the Director Health Services Jammu.

Speaking at the program’s inaugural ceremony, the Principal Secretary stressed that challenges in the healthcare sector are changing and that medical staff also need to improve their technical and managerial skills. He called on everyone present to embrace technology with curiosity and apply the learning in their routine work.

The Principal Secretary also shared management tips with managers and instructed them to routinely audit inventory, processes and equipment to ensure optimal use of resources. It also looked at participants for the use of technological interventions for time management, staff management and systems strengthening.

“It is necessary to work on developing strong public relations to dispel hearsay, eliminate public doubts and create a positive perception,” advised the principal secretary. “Aiming to improve the patient experience. Work for the welfare of people and not just for treatment,” he urged military doctors.

The principal secretary also warned health officials about the rise in the number of Covid cases. He asked them to remain vigilant, promote Covid-appropriate behavior and step up testing.

Director of Health Services (DHS), Jammu, Dr. Saleem ur Rehman gave a PowerPoint presentation on the occasion on new initiatives of DHS-J. He briefed the participants on the Save Life Jammu initiative under which emergency rooms have been set up at district, sub-divisional and CSC levels across the division. He shared details on the progress of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program in Jammu Division and informed about the start of geriatric/palliative care services in all districts and the start of evening OPDs and special dental OPDs , among other initiatives of the department.

The DHS also informed that specialized chemotherapy, spine surgery and dermatology units are provided at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Gangyal.

In upcoming initiatives, DHS has informed that the First National Workshop/Workshop on Pain and Palliative Care will be held at Gandhi Nagar Government Hospital on July 28-29, in collaboration with Indian Hospice Palliative Care Association under supervision of Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, HOD Palliative Care, AIIMS, New Delhi.

During the program, a self-study book on healthcare management was also published and distributed to medical advisors.

Among others, the program was attended by Principal Government Medical College Jammu, Dr. Shashi Sudhan; MD JKMSCL and Coordinating Director of New Medical Colleges, Dr Yashpal Sharma; AYUSH Director, Dr. Mohan Singh; Medical Superintendent MCH Jammu, Dr. Arun Sharma, other senior officers, a large number of doctors and other concerned health department officials

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