Gangtok: On the occasion of National Doctors’ Day, Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Golay announced financial incentives for all the COVID-19 frontline health workers. A one-time incentive of Rs 20,000 for the doctors, Rs 10,000 for the nursing staff and Rs 5,000 for the supporting staff will be disbursed within 15 days, informed the CM.
Terming the same as a token of love, respect and appreciation for their selfless service and dedication, the CM said, “The state government has laid highest priority on the overall improvement of healthcare system in the state. The government will make sure that the healthcare workers are not deprived of any necessary equipment or manpower. All gaps would be fulfilled immediately. We have allocated an enhanced budget of Rs 40 crore for the health sector, with an additional Rs 16 crore as buffer fund to meet any exigencies”.
Attributing the success of Sikkim’s fight against COVID-19 to the relentless effort of the corona warriors, Golay extended gratitude to the medical team and support staff lending their support from various quarters such as screening centres, quarantine centres, sample collection centres, contact tracing rendering their services at the COVID-19 wing of the STNM Hospital as well as in the Isolation wards in Namchi and Geyzing.
The CM said, “The state health department accepted the challenges posed by the pandemic with all readiness and exhibited high level of management skills to ensure that each and every COVID-19 patient is handled with utmost care and compassion. The medical team has been quick to respond to the daily incidence of COVID-19 cases and in providing timely treatment. This has resulted in over 50 patients completely cured and discharged within a short span of time”.
Golay reiterated that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in the health workers in the state, and has signalled the possibility of Sikkim becoming a leading state in terms of providing quality health care. Keeping the same in mind, CM Golay announced a ‘Mobile Village Clinic’ service will be initiated in all the districts from the next financial year.
“The Mobile Village Clinic will have state-of-the-art equipment and will be manned by trained medical staff. Specialists will travel in them mobile clinic five days in a week to provide treatment and care to people in the villages and wards. The government will appoint required health workers, if necessary and with medicines. This initiative is being conceived to ensure that the people of Sikkim living in the villages and far flung areas will not have to travel to the district hospitals for mild illnesses and routine tests”. He directed the health department to submit a proposal to this effect immediately.
A live video conferencing of the Chief Minister with the current medical team of isolation wards in the COVID-19 wing of STNM Hospital, was also part of the programme at the hospital. The Chief Minister extended his gratitude and Doctors’ Day greetings to the COVID warriors for setting a unique benchmark though their service.
The national theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Lessen the mortality of COVID-19’. Two minutes silence was also observed for all members of the medical fraternity in the country who lost their lives while dealing with the pandemic.