The patient care in Budgam district continues to remain in shambles as hundreds of posts in medical and para medical categories have been lying vacant from last many years, hitting the healthcare system in the area.
According to official documents, 50 posts of medical officers, 11 posts of consultants and over 100 posts of nurses have not been fulfilled so far in 10 medical blocks of the district. Twenty one new primary health centres (PHCs) are also without medical officers after two years of their upgradation from sub centres.
"In medical block Chrar-i-Sharief, 102 posts of medical and para medical staff are lying vacant whereas in different health centres of this block, 137 various posts await fulfillment," the official records reveal, adding that "The same story is repeated in Khansahab where 44 posts in different categories including those of six medical officers and 20 nurses, are vacant. In Chadoora, 53 posts including two medical officers are vacant. In Khag as many as 19 posts are yet to be filled. These include four medical officer vacancies also."
"A good number of primary health centres don't have lady doctor facilities. These include PHCs at Shamsabad, Hardu Panzoo, Arigam, Waterhail, Tilsara, Nagbal, Chewdara, Aripanthan, Lalpora, Pethkout, Rathson, Lassipora, Khirigund and Nowpura. New type PHCs at Chelyan, Dalwan and Charwani also lack in female doctors since many years."
Besides, five posts of gynecologists, lying vacant at Community Health Centre Pakharpora, have not also been filled yet.
"Women healthcare has been badly hit with such patients moving to Srinagar hospitals," said a local resident of Pakharpora.
Several posts of junior nurses, dental assistants, FMPHWs, X-ray technicians, lab technicians, pharmacists and health educators are also vacant throughout the district.
Chief Medical Officer Budgam, Dr G M Dar, said, "The appointment of new consultants was in pipeline and 23 posts under NRHM were being filled in a month to supplement staff strength in health centres of the district."
"Almost all our hospitals are packed with specialists which are being supplemented with new appointments in a few months," he added.