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Hospital battles shortage of doctors

Patients visiting the district hospital continue to be harassed due to shortage of doctors and paramedical staff. The hospital also lacks specialist doctors so that patients have to be referred to health institutions outside the state.Nearly 800 to 850 patients visit the OPD at the hospital every day, while about 200 are admitted in different wards.

Despite patient rush several post of doctors are lying vacant. Out of the total sanctioned strength of 24 doctors, only 14 are posted at the hospital.While the hospital has two gynaecologists and two general surgeons, it has an ENT specialist, radiologist, anesthetist, pediatrician, eye and skin specialist, and a doctor ofor general medicine.The district hospital has no orthopedic surgeon. As a result, patients with bone injuries are referred to medical institutions outside the district.

Patients visiting the OPD generally return without meeting doctors as most of them remain busy due to postmortems, court cases, emergency or other admissible leaves. There have been instances in the past wherein patients have lost their lives due to lack of medical treatment.The hospital is also grappling with shortage of staff nurses. There are 29 nurses posted against the sanctioned strength of 50. Also, the hospital has only two ambulance drivers to ferry patients to PGI, Chandigarh.Dr Parkash Daroch, CMO, said transfers were beyond his control, adding the hospital staff was doing its best despite all the constraints.Una MLA Satpal Singh Satti claims to have taken up the issue with Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh on numerous occasions.

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