Sikkim govt. announces Steering Committee amid need for more health workers

Sikkim govt. announces Steering Committee amid need for more health workers

Gangtok, July 27: The Government of Sikkim’s Home Department on July 27, issued an order announcing the constitution of the Steering Committee to oversee and ensure the proper management for manpower and logistics in the sector of Health for Sikkim due to the current situation of COVID-19.

After Sikkim’s first COVID-19 death, concerns about the disposal of the dead body and the last rites were highlighted. Although the chances of getting the virus from a dead body are low, it isn’t at 0%. It was reported that STNM Hospital did not have a dedicated hearse to carry the body since the current vehicle they had did not separate the driver and other workers from the body.

A total of eight people were needed for the final rites of the 74-year-old man who passed away from the virus. One can only imagine how many more would be needed as the figures increase, whether after the death of a patient or to take care of one.

Currently, health teams are working in rotation to look after the patients but as Sikkim stands at 380 active cases, forgetting the patients who are already in need of healthcare due to other diseases and ailments, more workers are necessary in the state’s biggest health crisis.

This Steering Committee will be able to assess the requirement of manpower in the STNM Hospital, District Hospitals, Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and suggest measures for rationale and need-based appointments/ deployment or redeployment of existing human resources and it will be serviced by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

This order was released by the Home Department and was signed by Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, S.C. Gupta IAS.

The Committee will consist of:

  1. V.B. Pathak, IAS Additional Secretary, Cheif Secretary of Finance and Planning and Development Departments – Chairman
  2. K. Sreenivasulu, IAS, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department – Member
  3. K.C. Lepcha, Secretary of Department of Personnel – Member
  4. Dr. Pemba T. Bhutia, Health Secretary cum Director-General of Health and Family Welfare Department – Member-Secretary
  5. District Collectors of East/ North/ South/ West – Member
  6. Chief Medical Officer (CMOs), East/ West/ South/ North – Member

The Committee will also have to assess the requirement and existing stock position of essential medicines, types of equipment, supplies and required logistics for the Government Hospitals and also suggest necessary for streamlining and smoothening the procurement system to put in place in a continuous supply chain right up to DIstrict, PHCs and Sub-Level PHC level.

Reports from the Steering Committee will have to be submitted within a week of issue of this order from the Home Department, while a Preliminary Report will have to be submitted to the State Government through the Chief Secretary within three days of this issuance.