Health services hit due to shortage of doctors at Jajpur DHH

Jajpur: Shortage of doctors and lack of adequate infrastructure have completely paralysed the healthcare delivery system in Jajpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

Out of the 63 sanctioned doctors’ posts, only 11 doctors are catering to the medical needs of patients coming from and outside the district.

Due to lack of adequate infrastructure and availability of beds in the hospital, patients including pregnant women and children are forced to undergo treatment on the floor.

With the large vacancies of doctors, one has to wait in line for hours to seek medical attention.

“We had come to the hospital and our patient who is pregnant was forced her to sleep on the verandah. There is no fan or mosquito net available,” informed a patient’s attendant Kamini Jena while expressing her anguish over the poor facilities in the hospital.

Though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on March 26 had inaugurated newly constructed building for Mother and Child Health (MCH) with an estimated expenditure of over Rs 14 crore, the center is yet to be made operational due to shortage of doctors and para-medical staff, sources said.

“Efforts are on to appoint doctors against the vacancies as PAC exam results have been declared. The process of postings have not been started yet and we hope things will streamline once the recruitment process is complete,” said Jajpur Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Barish Kumar Dash.