Gajapati: Residents of Mohana block of Gajapati district rued the absence of doctors at the Chandragiri Community Health Centre (CHC).

They alleged that the health care system is in shambles at the CHC as no doctor from different departments has turned up for long period.

Villagers stated they are suffering the most due to the absence of doctors at the Medicine and Gynaecology departments. They have apprised the Collector and CDMO about the issue, but any action is yet to be taken.

The locals have threatened if the issue is not resolved at the earliest, a mass agitation will be launched in coming days.

"Residents of three blocks are dependent on the CHC. Though enough number of doctors has been appointed, most of them don't visit the hospital, especially the Gynaecology and Medicine departments. We have apprised the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) about the issue and will continue to hold discussions with him. If no solution is found out, we will launch an agitation in coming days," said Gaura Patnaik, a local.

Expressing similar views, Anil Kumar Naik, a patient's relative, said, "My daughter is suffering from sickle cell disease. Therefore, I visit the hospital three to four times in a month. Here, drinking water and other basic facilities are also missing."
When the doctor of the hospital was asked about the charges, he said he has already informed the higher-ups about the issues.

"Due to the shortage of specialists, more departments could not be opened. At the CHC, MBBS doctors are attending the patients. If the need arises, patients are referred to MKCG, Berhampur hospital," said Ullas Rout, a doctor at the Chandragiri CHC.

Meanwhile, Gajapati Zilla Parishad chairperson Anita Rani Behera visited the hospital on Monday and took stock of the situation.

"During a visit to the hospital, I found that the hospital in-charge was absent. When I called him up, he told me he was on leave. But no one at the CHC could show me his leave application. Besides, different departments at the hospital remain closed causing inconvenience to patients. Definitely, I would raise the matter before the Collector and CDMO," Behera said.