Residents of district Ramban on Thursday lamented that state government has failed to fill up vacant posts of doctors in government run hospitals in this hilly district.
They complained that though the state government and health department are claiming that all is well unfortunately the fact remains that government run district hospital and two sub district hospitals, Primary Health Centers, including Community Health Centers established in various towns of Ramban district are facing dearth of doctors and specialist doctors.
They said that posts of ENT specialist, dermatologist, gynecologists and other specialist doctors in various hospitals of district are vacant due to which patients are facing tremendous problems.
“Sub district hospitals and health centers from all four health blocks of the district refer patients to District Hospital Ramban but due to dearth of doctors and specialist doctors patients are left in lurch and they have to be moved to Jammu or Srinagar for treatment,” locals said.
They said even ultrasound is conducted by a MBBS doctor in district hospital at his sweet will or patients have to visit private ultrasound centers.
The District Hospital Ramban is being neglected as the majority of population of this district are living in far flung areas and are dependent on this vital health institution.
They said that officers at the helm of affairs have totally failed to provide and post sanctioned number of doctors to the Hospitals in district Ramban.
They recalled that Health Minister and Commissioner Secretary Health in presence of Director Health Service Jammu had assured the various delegations that vacant posts of doctors will be filled but the commitment and promises have remained confined to papers only.