Koraput: Shortage of doctors and nurses has hit healthcare services at the sub-divisional hospital of Jeypore in Koraput district. It is particularly affecting the poor.
Sources said the skeletal staff is working overtime to attend to the patients. There are four medical specialist against the sanctioned strength of 15. These posts in orthopaedic, anaesthesia, ENT, medicine, skin, surgery and paediatric departments are lying vacant. There are only 16 nurses against the requirement of 30.
People of five blocks and two municipal areas depend on this hospital. It receives around 250 patients daily. Besides doctors, the hospital does not have adequate facilities such as toilets. Medicines too are not available here.
“What is the rationale behind constructing additional wards when there are no doctors to treat the patients?” questioned Sanjay Sahu, a resident of Jeypore. He had taken his wife with a fracture in the leg to the hospital. “She was referred to district headquarters hospital in Koraput as there was no orthopaedic specialist to treat her,” he added.
Secretary of Jeypore citizen committee Ashok Sahu said the hospital is not equipped to treat critical cases. “Due to non-availability of anaesthetists, caesarean cases are being referred to Koraput hospital,” he said.
Sub-divisional medical officer (Jeypore) D B Tripathy admitted to the shortage of doctors in the hospital. “We have informed our higher-ups about the problem, but to no avail. We are trying to run the hospital with the available resources. The staff work overtime to attend to patients,” he said.