MCCH Anantnag sans Medical Superintendent post, hampers work of hospital

By: Aabid Hameed

Anantnag: Decades after the lone Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) in South Kashmir was established, there is no allotted Medical Superintendent to the hospital, thus hampering the work of the hospital.

Officials working in the hospital said that in absence of the full fledged medical superintendent, even for minor things they have to wait for the decision of higher ups.

They further added that the incharge Medical Superintendent who is basically a medical officer has to send in writing to Principal GMC Srinagar or other higher ups for even spending one rupee.

The officials further added that incharge Medical Superintendent, who works there knows ground situation very well but when he has no powers, how can he take any step for the betterment of the hospital.

“If AC or gas heater of the hospital isn’t working in the hospital, the acting MS has to write to the Principal GMC Anantnag for AC or gas heater repairing and you can understand the power of the acting MS,” said a doctor on condition of anonymity.

He said that the hospital is facing space crunch besides that it is working in unsafe building and in such condition a hospital, which has no officer with certain administrative powers is quite annoying.

He further acting MS has no TA/DA and if any guest visits there, he has to spent from his pocket for tea or other things of the guest.

Doctors said that there should be full-fledged Medical Superintendent, who will have powers to run the facility smoothly; otherwise, they have to wait for minor things for long time as such decisions are being taken by higher ups.

It is pertinent to mention here that MCCH Anantnag is lone maternity hospital, which caters four southern districts besides patients from Chenab valley.

Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag, Tariq Qureshi acknowledged that MCCH hasn’t been allotted MS post about which higher ups are well aware.

He added that the government has decided to shift MCCH to main GMC hospital in Janglat mandi Anantnag where construction work on block B is going on and in two floors of the building both paediatrics and maternity sections will function. He said that once facility will be shifted, the medical superintendent post for MCCH will be sanctioned.

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