Staff shortage hits patient care at Kupwara hospital

Staff shortage hits patient care at Kupwara hospital
The locals have expressed resentment against the authorities for failing to upgrade the facilities here, making a huge chunk of the population suffer.Special arrangement

Kupwara: When last year Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kralpora was shifted to a new building after a decade-long wait, the people of the area rejoiced and anticipated that they would get better healthcare facilities.

However, a year later, the complaints of poor healthcare at SDH Kralpora pour in every day.

The locals have expressed resentment against the authorities for failing to upgrade the facilities here, making a huge chunk of the population suffer.

They said that last year when the hospital was shifted to the new building, the administration promised to install new machinery but the hospital was still functioning with decades-old machinery which hardly serves any purpose.

Ever since the hospital was upgraded, it has remained under-staffed.

The dearth of the staff here has not only severely hit the patient care but the available staff also remains overburdened which tells upon the smooth functioning of the hospital.

According to an official document, at least 32 posts of doctors and paramedics remain vacant here.

Of the total 16 sanctioned posts of doctors, nine are vacant.

“One each sanctioned post of a consultant surgeon and consultant gynecologist has been vacant since long and of the eight sanctioned posts of medical officers, three are vacant,” the official document reads.

It reads that all four sanctioned posts of medical officer leave reserve posts were also vacant.

An official said that these four posts had not been filled since the hospital was upgraded.

The hospital is also facing an acute shortage of paramedics and other staff.

With two sanctioned posts of a head pharmacist, one is vacant.

Of the two sanctioned posts each of senior nurse and health inspector, all are vacant.

One each sanctioned post of head lab technician, supervisor lab technician, senior dental technician, supervisor X-ray technician, junior physiotherapist, LHV, PMA, supervisor ophthalmic assistant, electrician, plumber, and JHI all are also lying vacant.

Of the five sanctioned posts of BHW, one is vacant.

One post of driver, two posts of nursing orderlies, and one post of safaiwalla were also lying vacant here, telling upon the smooth functioning of the hospital.

“Even for a little surgery we are forced to visit Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kupwara or District Hospital (DH) Handwara as the operation theatre here has not been made functional yet,” a local said.

“Besides, areas including Budnamal and Keran that remain snowbound during the winter cater to a huge chunk of the population but it has never been a priority for the officials at the helm of affairs,” he said.

The residents said that the hospital also lacks a digital X-ray plant and ECG machine due to which patients are forced to look for other alternatives.

They said that the hospital lacks fencing due to which it has become a safe shelter for dogs and cattle.

Locals said that the hospital also lacks proper accommodation for the doctors.

They said that the hospital was functioning without a central heating system due to which patients were suffering in the prevailing bone-chilling cold.

Besides an ophthalmologist, locals demanded that the dialysis unit, ventilators, and blood bank be installed here so that people of the area could avail these services at their doorsteps.

They said that in wake of the third possible way of COVID-19, the officials must install an oxygen generating plant here to thwart human loss.

The residents have sought immediate intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in this regard so that the basic infrastructure would be upgraded at SDH Kralpora and people could get some respite.

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