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Ramakanta Biswas

Many posts of doctors are reportedly lying vacant in MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, one of  the premier healthcare facilities in the south Odisha. 

People of 10 southern districts of Odisha along with the residents of Ichchapuram and Srikakulamin of neigbouring Andhra Pradesh depend on the hospital for treatment.

Recently, the State health department effected transfer of many doctors across the State. As a result, many doctors from MKCG were shifted to other hospitals. However, a handful of doctors joined the premier hospital. 

While two senior doctors of the paediatric department of MKCG got transferred, not a single doctor has got new appointment in the department. The situation is similar in other departments, triggering resentment among the locals. 

A local resident of Berhampur said, “Why the government is showing apathetic attitude towards the hospital. Infrastructures and equipment are enough, but there is shortage of doctors.”

Professor DiptimayeeTripathy, Principal of MKCG said, “Most of the departments have doctors. We will request the government to fill up the vacant posts.” 

The situation is no different at the district headquarters hospital of Rayagada. According to sources, the laboratory of the hospital is lying defunct for the past three months, causing major inconvenience for the local residents. 

Santanu Kumar Sahu, a patient, said, “I was supposed to undergo thyroid test, but after reaching here I learnt that the lab is closed for the past three months. So, now I have to go to private lab for the test.”

Laboratory Technician Manoj Kumar Padhi said, “Due to transportation problem during lockdown, the lab has been closed. After easing of the lockdown, we did not get any instruction to resume sample collection. We do not have kits for which we are unable to collect the samples.”

Rayagada ADMO Barada Kant Mishra said, “We have given the necessary instructions to a private agency which was entrusted with the running of the lab. They have assured to start the facility at the earliest.” 

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