Almost all Sub District Hospitals (SDH), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Public Health Centres (PHCs) in Rajouri district are facing acute shortage of doctors and paramedical staff.
Machinery worth crores has been dumped in many health centres because the Health Department couldn’t provide experts (including radiologists and doctors) to operate these equipment.
As per record available with the district Health Department all the 275 health institutions in Rajouri district are facing a shortage of doctors paramedical staff and other staff.
According to Source out of the 238 sanctioned posts of doctor on a regular basis more than 150 posts are lying vacant in the district.
The sub district hospital at Darhal which caters to health needs of more than 50,000 persons is being run by only one doctor.
All the five sanctioned posts of consultant doctors are lying vacant in this hospital while out of the eight sanctioned posts of medical officer seven are lying vacant.
The hospital is equipped with required machinery and has a good building but in the absence of doctors and other staff medical equipment is gathering dust.
Thirtyone health centres have been operating under Darhal block and according to information provided by the Block Medical Officer (BMO) under Right to Information out of the 33 sanctioned posts of doctors on a regular basis (including a BMO and three Community Health Officers) 23 posts are lying vacant in this health block.
Recently residents of Darhal and other adjoining areas had held a protest demonstration against the Health Department and the district administration and demanded the filling vacant posts of doctors/pharmacists.
In the absence of consultant doctors/medical officers residents of the area suffer as emergency cases are not being attended to here. Only the BMO and one medical officer have been looking after medical needs of patients of patients to the sub district hospital. Many patients die on way to the district hospital in Rajouri in the absence of timely medical help at Darhal, said local Residents .
Out of the two sanctioned posts of medical officer at the new Public Health Centres (PHCs) at Nadian Dodaj Leeranwali, Shahdra Sharief, no doctor has been appointed here till today.
The shortage of doctors has been hampering the routine functioning in health institutions in the district. Though the matter has been raised several times with the higher authorities, no action has been taken yet,” said a senior health officer