Chandigarh, Apr 20 (PTI) The Health Department in Punjab will appoint 673 regular staff nurses and 919 multipurpose health workers in the state soon.

“This paramedical staff would be posted in various government hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres and sub-centres across Punjab,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said here today.

He said the primary health services in the state were badly disturbed due to acute shortage of this medical and paramedical staff since last 10 years.

He said the government would not organise any state-level function to hand over the appointment letters, instead they would be sent at the postal address of the newly-recruited employees within a week with a copy to the concerned Civil Surgeon office.

“This exercise is meant to save the precious time of the government officers and functionaries and to curb the wasteful expenditure on the organisation of such state level functions,” he said.

Mohindra said the counselling process for the recruitment of staff nurses has already been completed whereas the counselling for the recruitment of multipurpose health workers will be started within two days and the intimation in this regard would also be updated on the official website for the convenience of the candidates.

Once the appointment letters are received by the employee they have to immediately join the duty without any delay, he said.

“The posting of the newly-recruited staff nurses has already been done purely on merit basis and this staff is expected to join the place of their duty immediately after getting recruitment letter,” he said.

The minister said the posting of the paramedical staff at the crucial places will immensely benefit to check the outbreak of malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.