How to process salary for a Self drawing gazetted officer via SPARK

I submitted my first salary bill to the treasury today. The procedure to be followed is this: First, I had to give an RTC form along with a copy of the posting order to the treasury. They then provided a Specimen signature card, in which I had to make three different signatures in front of […]


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ESI Dispensary, Mynagapally

Mynagapally is an idyllic location, far from the bustle of the city. It’s on the way from Karunagapally to Sasthankotta, and nearer to the latter. The institution is hardly 2 km from the Sasthankotta railway station. My schedule has been regularized more or less. In the morning, I board the Cape-Mumbai express (Commonly known as […]


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Joined Health Service

Mynagapally. 1 September, 2012 Today I joined service in Kerala State Insurance Medical Services department as Asst Insurance Medical Officer. After visiting the Regional Deputy Director’s office in Kollam (Polayathode), I visited the institution where I will be working for the better part of possibly the next three years. It’s an idyllic location. One might […]


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>Love at first sight

>Yesterday, on my way to my hospital, I decided to take a short cut. I ended up losing my way altogether. The road from Peroorkada to Tholicode meanders through a volley of hills, and passes through Nedumangadu. There is a lesser known road which goes through Nedumangad Town, a road which I’d been avoiding because […]


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>Tholicode Primary Health Centre

> Tholicode Primary Health Centre is an hour’s drive from my home. It’s a few kilometres from Vithura and on the way to Ponmudi, a popular tourist destination. The people seem pleasant and the staff very comfortable to work with. It does have inpatient facilities but since there are only two doctors available (we need […]


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>Goodbye Rural service..

> Trivandrum. 27 February 2010. “The first step is the hardest” Correct that last post! Technically I did join back for rural service, and worked a tiresome two weeks too, but I handed in the ‘papers’ today! Well, you can’t “step in two boats at the same time”, to quote a Malayalam proverb! I asked […]


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>If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. A case in point for CMEs

> “Humans seem to have the urge to improve things. Prehistoric hand-axes were made by repeatedly chipping small flakes off pebbles of flint with other hard objects. Million-year-old examples of these have been found that give the impression of being ruined by being chipped just one time too many. That pang of regret we have […]


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>Of Doctors and Humility

> Many a time, as students and later on as fresh graduate doctors, we’ve scoffed at old timers in the health services, for their irrational use of steroids for treatment. Even in my own hospital, I know doctors who talk critically of a particular doctor for prescribing steroids to many of her patients who present […]


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>Of Medical Officers, the Police and Drunkards..

>It irks me that I haven’t written anything on my current workplace for posterity to ponder! So here goes.. I joined Community Health Centre, Shanthivila, Nemom as a ‘Snehithan Doctor’ (Ah that’s the name coined by the Kerala govt) under the Compulsory rural service scheme of the Government of Kerala. My thoughts and opinions on […]


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