Lack of medical facilities in Ganderbal hospitals affecting patient care


Umar Raina

Ganderbal, Feb 25: The hospitals in Ganderbal district are facing shortage of staff including doctors and lack the infrastructure to treat the patients.
Due to the lack of infrastructure, referrals to the hospitals in Srinagar city have increased. The delay in reaching the hospitals has proved fatal many times with many people reported being brought dead to the hospitals in Srinagar.
Reliable sources said that Primary health centre Kullan lacks many basic facilities due to the official apathy, there is no lady doctor in this health centre which caters to the needs of around thousands of people.
There is a shortage of Gynecologists, X-ray technicians, staff nurses and other Para medical staff.
Reliable sources said that the Primary health centre Gund is also confronting the same fate though the Hospital harbours machinery worth lacks, but of no use, because here is no one to operate them. Shortage of paramedical staff causes great inconvenience to the patients, they added. There is no Orthopaedics, Anaesthetist, Paediatrician, Ophthalmology and Surgeon specialist.
After spending lacks of rupees for the establishment of an Operation Theatre in PHC Gund by the govt not a single operator (technician) is deployed here to operate the machinery of the Operation Theatre. The sources further revealed that a surgeon is utilised for the Operation Theatre, but the Health deptt seem to have forgot its deployment.
The electricity is also playing hide and seek in PHC Gund which is also a grave situation. Either the patients have to wait for hours or they have to visit other hospitals or private clinics for the basic tests like ECG and X-Ray, said locals.
Sources added that the PHCs witnesses at least 200-300 patients in its Outpatient department (OPD) on an average day.
Similarly, the hospital is without the Computerized Tomography (CT) scan forcing the doctors to refer the stroke and trauma patients to Srinagar.
“There is no MRI facility, Digital X ray, blood bank in the hospitals even,” said the attendants.
Pertinently, the Trauma Hospital Kangan is also confronting the same fate. Although there are manifold machinery, but without the operators (technician) who can handle the machinery causing great inconvenience to the patients, reliable source said.
Despite of harbouring the large and well equipped instruments and machinery we are forced to visit other hospitals either in Srinagar or Ganderbal, he said. According to the sources, number of posts are vacant in Trauma Hospital Kangan which include driver, dhobi and staff nurses. We many a times informed the concerned deptt about the vacancies, but all in vain, said the hospital sources.