SHIMLA-18 January, 2020-Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar informed today that 338 Community Health Officers (CHO) would be given provisional posting in Health Sub Centres of the State. These posts would be filled up with the candidates who have completed bridge course after BSC nursing.

Minister said that B.Sc nurses were provided with bridge course certified by IGNOU and the first batch is being posted in Health Sub Centres of the State, which have been upgraded to Health Wellness Centres (HWC). The posts of CHO's are being filled through HLL company, which is a PSU of the government of India. He said that 12 essential services regarding communicable and non communicable diseases would be delivered by the CHO. He said that the role of the CHO would be to improve access to healthcare in rural and remote areas for the marginalized and vulnerable families, reduce out of pocket expense being incurred by families on healthcare, increase the utilization of public health services at primary care level, reduce fragmentation of care and to reduce work load of secondary and tertiary care facilities.

He said that the posting of CHO would help in strengthening public health activities related to preventive and promotive health and the measurement of health outcomes for the population served by the HWC. CHO would be the first point of care or source of information for health-related issues for the community by virtue of proximity of HWCs to its catchment population, he added.

Vipin Singh Parmar said that this step has been taken by the State Government to achieve universal health coverage by providing basic health necessities at the door step at minimal cost. He also informed that the comprehensive health care packages which were available at the sub centres are being increased.

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