Rural medical services are not pink Health: The Tribune India


Tribune News Service

Akanksha Inn Bhardwaj

Jalandhar, 21 November

Even as the AAP government focuses on improving health infrastructure across the state, the harsh reality is that there is an acute shortage of staff at government medical centers.

In CHC, Shahkot, no doctor

  • At the Community Health Center (CHC), Shakot, eight medical staff are needed, but there is not even one of them. At CHC, Belga, there is only one doctor against the positions of seven sanctioned doctors. At CHC, Lohian, only one medical staff member is available
  • In Para Bend, five doctors are against the ten sanctionable jobs. In Sub-Divisional Hospital, Nakodar, there are only nine against 15 requirement. At SDH, Phillaur, there are six against 17 sanctioned positions

In Jalandhar alone, mainly in the rural areas, only 73 medical personnel are available for 133 sanctioned positions. The shortage of doctors affects work in community health centers in rural areas. For example, in CHC, Shahkot, eight medical officers are required, but there is not even one of them.

At CHC, Belga, there is one Medical Officer when the requirement is seven. Against the six sanctioned positions in the CHC, Lohian, there is only one. In Para Bend, five doctors are against the ten sanctionable jobs. In Sub-Divisional Hospital, Nakodar, there are only nine when sanctioned posts are 15. With most of the medical officers serving several public health centers on deputation. Emergency services and outpatient departments are also negatively affected due to the prevailing situation.

In addition to doctors, there is an insufficient number of specialists, especially gynecologists, too. There is a 60 percent shortage of nursing staff, which affects postpartum care. The load and workload is so high in the civil hospital that gynecologists are called from the CHC for three days. Doctors say that if there is an availability of gynecologists in central health centers, they will at least identify high-risk pregnancies in advance and guide expectant mothers.

Last year, a total of 32,000 births took place in private and government hospitals, of which more than 8,000 took place in the Civil Hospital. The numbers clearly indicate the burden on gynecologists present in the area.

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