Srinagar, Oct 27 : Diplomats of National Board (DNB) Courses would be introduced in tertiary level and district hospitals to address shortage of specialists in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said on Sunday.
According to him, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, accorded sanction to the start of DNB Courses in the Tertiary Level and District Hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said 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,'' he said.
However, he further said there was still a shortage of specialists in the district and sub-district hospitals. ''To address the shortage in rural or peripheral set-ups, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has authorised the National Board of Examination (NBE) to start DNB programmes in the state owned district or provincial hospitals having the potential to meet the minimum accreditation requirements''.
He stated that 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 or MS or other higher courses recognised by MCI, he further stated.
He asserted that the commencement of DNB courses in district hospitals would be an important endeavor to address the key concerns of the shortage of specialists in these 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'' he maintained.
This programme was supported by the National Health Mission (NHM) and with its implementation, Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), shall also get a boost in its implementation, he revealed.
The official disclosed that once the DNB courses were started in core specialties of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Radiology and Pathology etc, the health care institutions were expected to deliver a comprehensive range of specialised services especially in teaching and research.
In a separate decision, he added that the SAC approved commencement of BSC 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.(UNI)