Pithoragarh, July 19, 2015

The Community Health Center at Dharchula, the assembly constituency of the Chief Minister, has turned into a mere referral centre as only four doctors against 14 sanctioned posts are working in the hospital which has been given responsibility to cater to thousands of patients from around town and villages of Darma Vyans and Chaundas valleys.

“Doctors working in the hospital are doing the work of referring patients to the district hospital, 90 km from here, as the vital posts of doctors, surgeon, physician, gynecologists, paediatrician, pathologist, radiologists and chief pharmacists are vacant for the last several years,” said Manjula Budiyal, a Zila Panchayat member from the area.

According to residents, besides doctors, paramedical staff have also not been appointed in the hospital . “We are sending the information of vacant posts every month to higher officers through the Chief Medical Officer of the district as we are also facing difficulties to maintain order in the hospital due to the shortage of staff,” said Dr MS Jayaswal, medical superintendent of the hospital.

Residents of Dharchula have demanded that medical services be given a permanent and regular form in the subdivision as it is situated 90 km from the district headquarters. “We want the Chief Minister to fulfill his promises of providing better health services and fill all vacant posts of doctors and paramedical staff,” said Munjula Budiyal.
Courtesy: The Tribune

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