Staff shortage hits healthcare in Ramban Hospitals; People aghast
The hospitals across Ramban District continue to face acute shortage of doctors and paramedics with hundreds of posts lying vacant, thereby adversely affecting the delivery of patient care services.
Sources said that the staff deficit continues to hit health care in the district, especially in the hilly areas, which lack dependable health care services due to inadequate number of doctors and infrastructure.
"District Hospital Ramban Two Sub District Hospitals of Gool and Banihal including Community Health Centers function with less than half of the sanctioned strength of the doctors and para-medics" sources in health Department told Greater Kashmir.
However the People of the district blame local public representatives 'who do not bother to raise the issue of shortage of doctors in these Hospitals at the appropriate forum."
Sources said that two posts of radiologists are vacant in the District Hospital for nearly last five years. "Despite repeated communications the higher ups of Health and Medical Education Department Jammu have failed to post radiologist to this Hospital" said insiders.
In absence of Radiologists, poor patients are forced to go to private diagnostic centers and shell out huge amount.
Women patients visiting Hospitals for routine checkups said that every time gynecologists advise for conducting ultra sound and other checkups which they get done from private clinics.
"Due to non availability of radiologist every time we have to move to private diagnostic centers who charge three time more than the government hospital".
Sources said that for the expecting mothers these tests are available free of cost at government Hospitals but due to unavailability of Laboratory technicians, radiologists they have to pay huge amount to private diagnostic centers for conducting tests and ultra sound.
"Some private ultra sound centers are allegedly fleecing the patients as the radiologist supposed to conduct ultrasound is not having valid degree and authority approved Jammu and Kashmir Medical Counsel" they added.
People alleged that in absence of proper regulation and monitoring by the government, some private diagnostic centers use banned ultrasound machines which give poor results. "The height of the menace can be gauged from the fact that a physiotherapist is conducting ultrasound in clinic and despite knowing and having knowledge about this the concerned authorities including administration has turned a blind eye," said a local.
When Greater Kashmir contacted Medical Superintendent District Hospital Dr Siafudin Khan, he admitted that both posts of radiologists are laying vacant. However he said ultrasound is being conducted in the hospital by a doctor who is having six months refresher diploma in sonography.