Odisha to engage 7000 health workers at Covid care homes

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has decided to engage 7,000 health workers in Covid care homes, said an official on Wednesday.

The health department has issued an order for temporary engagement of 7000 trained manpower (ANMs) for Covid Care homes covering 6798 panchayats in the state.

In case of non-availability of ANMs, registered staff nurses and pharmacists will be engaged, the order said.

“Govt have been pleased to approve the proposal for temporary engagement of 7000 trained manpower for Covid Care Homes covering 6798 Gram Panchayats of the State. The base level health activity in these Covid Care Homes will be managed by unemployed trained and registered ANMs,” said the notification.

“For the purpose, it has been decided to engage atleast one unemployed ANM per each proposed COVID Care Home in each Panchayat. In case, this category of manpower (unemployed ANMs) is not available, unemployed registered Staff Nurses or Pharmacists can be engaged in place of ANMs,” it added.

The remuneration of ANMs would Rs 850 per day while it would be Rs 1000 for staff nurses and pharmacists.

The engagement is purely temporary, for a period of three months or till the care homes are functional.

The engagement is terminable at any period of time without assigning any reason thereof. Their engagement shall be done by the respective CDMOs and PHOs through walk in interview in a transparent manner.