Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda inaugurated first-ever induction training programme for newly appointed General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) of the Central Health Service Cadre at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), at New Delhi, on Monday (May 1). Also in attendance were Faggan Singh Kulaste and Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare.
The NIHFW and Ministry designed this nine-week training module for new recruits and Nadda urged them to keep an open-mind and imbibe new thoughts and experiences.
“Please switch on your receptors for communication to take place. The more you learn, you will understand that you know so little,” Nadda said.
“This is the first time such a foundation training programme is being undertaken. This will also orient you to your roles and responsibilities about healthcare delivery systems in the country, legal ethical issues, and schemes programme of the Ministry, OPD, emergencies, pharmacies, administration AYUSH, Yoga, etc. You will learn new things,” he mentioned.
Nadda further stated that the course provides an opportunity to expand ones horizons, learn the philosophy and depth of life.
“Trainings provide a platform to further know your strengths, weaknesses and be dedicated to your service,” he said.
Central Health Service (CHS) Cadre is a cadre governed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and its doctors are working all over the country providing health care services to a large number of people. CHS has four sub-cadres, namely, GDMOs, Teaching, Non-Teaching Specialists and Public Health, with a sanctioned strength of more than 4000 of which the GDMOs constitute the largest chunk, more than 2000.
On an average, every year around 400 to 600 doctors are recruited through UPSC. Incidentally, throughout the under-graduate and post-graduate education and thereafter, these doctors are not been trained in the areas of management, supervision, leadership, communication, conduction of office procedures, etc. The training module is designed to fill this gap so that they can look after the administration of the organization and implementation of various national health programmes for which they have very limited exposure.
Also present at the event were senior officials from the Health Ministry and NIHFW.