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Staff crunch, outdated infra ail Phagwara Civil Hospital

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Staff crunch, outdated infra ail Phagwara Civil Hospital

The eye department at the Phagwara Civil Hospital has no tonometer to check the eye pressure of glaucoma patients. Tribune photo



Ashok Kaura

Phagwara, February 24

Even as Chief Minister Bhagwant Maan will virtually inaugurate five Mohalla Clinics in Kapurthala district on Sunday, no steps are being reportedly taken by the government to provide better health infrastructure in the Civil Hospitals of the state.

Despite repeated claims about the best infrastructure in Civil Hospitals and free lab tests and medicines for patients, the 140-bed Civil Hospital in Phagwara, including the 30-bed Mother-Child Care Centre, has been grappling with a shortage of doctors and medical equipment for the past several months. During a visit of the hospital by The Tribune, it was found that the facility was grappling with an acute shortage of doctors and nursing staff.

16 posts of medical officer vacant

  • Phagwara Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Lehimber Ram said 16 posts of medical officers were lying vacant in the hospital. He added that 31 posts had been sanctioned for the Civil Hospital
  • The SMO said he had been repeatedly writing to higher authorities to fill the vacant posts of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for the smooth functioning of the hospital, but to no avail
  • The Tribune found one each post of medicine specialist, general surgeon, pathologist, radiologist, forensic medicine specialist, two posts of anaesthetist and six posts of MBBS medical officers were among the posts lying vacant at the hospital.

Phagwara Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Lehimber Ram said 16 posts of medical officers were lying vacant in the hospital. He added that 31 posts had been sanctioned for the Civil Hospital. The SMO said he had been repeatedly writing to higher authorities to fill the vacant posts of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for the smooth functioning of the hospital, but to no avail.

The Tribune found one each post of medicine specialist, general surgeon, pathologist, radiologist, forensic medicine specialist, two posts of anaesthetist and six posts of MBBS medical officers were among the posts lying vacant at the hospital.

SMO Dr Lehmber said of 24 sanctioned posts of nurses, seven were vacant, one nurse was going absent and two staff nurses were on maternity leave.

He added that one staff nurse was deputed in the dialysis unit ward and three were in the emergency wing, so only eight staff nurses were available in all wards. He said given these circumstances, it was very difficult to run the hospital.

This correspondent found that the eye department of the hospital had no tonometer to check the eye pressure of glaucoma patients. The Eye Surgeon said she had already submitted the requirements before competent authorities.

The hospital does not even have a sweeper and driver. The SMO said 450 patients were being treated daily at the hospital. The Aphrases Machine, used to separate blood cells was not working well. The operation of blood bank has been lying suspended for the past many months and people were depending upon a private blood bank being run by an NGO.

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