Anantnag hospital understaffed

Institution Running Short Of Specialist, Super-Specialist Doctors


Islamabad (Anantnag), Dec 25: Dearth of specialized medical staff in the district hospital here is severely affecting the patient-care.
The hospital, according to sources, lacks specialist and super-specialist doctors in most of the critical care departments. However, they said that in specialties like orthopedic, eye-nose-throat (ENT), ophthalmology, anesthesia, the condition is worse with a lone specialist doctor available to deal with the huge rush of patients. “In orthopedic outpatient department (OPD) the referrals from Primary Health Centers (PHCS) and sub-district hospitals are dealt by assistant surgeons,” said a doctor.
He said that while only one of the assistant surgeons is a post-graduate rest are simple MBBS.
“In the absence of specialists, the orthopedic section hardly serves any purpose and people are forced to rush the patients with even minor ailments to Bone and Joints Hospital, Srinagar,” he said.
He said the casualty section of orthopedic department is also entirely run by assistant surgeons with simple MBBS. “In the absence of rotational policy, a patient who visits the orthopedic department for treatment presumes the assistant surgeons to be specialists,” a doctor added.
The situation is no different in ENT where also the assistant surgeons with simple MBBS manage the OPD and emergencies. “There is only one ENT specialist available and as a temporary arrangement an assistant surgeon with PG in ENT posted somewhere else manages OPD for three days a week,” said another doctor.
The anesthesia section of the hospital sources said is handled by a single doctor.
“How is it possible that a lone anesthesiologist will handle the entire theatre and that too round-the-clock,” a doctor asked.
In ophthalmology also there is only one B-grade specialist available and as a temporary arrangement an assistant surgeon with PG posted somewhere else runs OPD for three days a week.
“The hospital being one of the oldest health institutions in South Kashmir is catering upto Banihal,” said another doctor.
He said that with huge patient inflow the hospital should have more specialists and super-specialists with 120 bedded hospital building near its completion.
“In orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology and anesthesia there should have been at least three B-Grade specialists,” he said.
He said in medicine though there are four physician specialists, a super-specialist cardiologist and a neurologist but keeping in view the patient rush more B-Grade and super-specialists should be available.
“In surgery also there are two specialists and one super-specialist but there is no cardio vascular thoracic (CVT) surgeon, neurosurgeon and plastic and reconstructive surgeon,” said a doctor.
He said radiology section has been strengthened with one B-Grade specialist and an assistant surgeon.
“Without having sufficient manpower and unavailability of specialists and super-specialists the new hospital won’t serve any purpose,” the doctor said.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Anantnag, when contacted said; “There are sufficient specialist doctors posted in the hospital”.
However, he was quick to add that there should have been more specialized doctors.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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