4 years after inauguration, Unani Hospital without staff

SRINAGAR: Four years after it was commissioned, the 50-bedded government Unani Hospital at Shalteng (UHS) continues to operate without permanent staff.
At present, the facility is being by run by doctors deputed from the Indian System of Medicines (ISM) dispensaries in other districts.
They, however, work during only the daytime, while the hospital is left unattended during nights, the medical superintendent concerned, Dr Javid Ahmad, said.
“Night care at the hospital has been put on the backburner due to shortage of staff. The doctors go back to their respective districts after their shifts,” he said.
The unavailability of permanent staff is even affecting the daytime operations of the hospital.
“There are 17-18 doctors and half a dozen paramedics visiting the hospital on a rotational basis everyday to meet the requirements, but it does not serve the purpose,” the superintendent said.
The number of patients received by the hospital daily is increasing, yet the government is not showing any interest in providing the hospital with the staff and equipments, he said.
The superintendent said the Planning Department has been deceiving them about the government approval to allocation of staff and equipments.
“They have been saying that the file is with the finance section,” he said.
The hospital was made operational in 2003 and was subsequently commissioned in 2012.
Patients at the hospital appear to be suffering due to the lack of permanent staff.
“I am suffering from chest disease, and somebody told me to come to this hospital, but the medicos here asked me to wait as the chest disease doctor will be arriving. I have been waiting here for about three hours, but the doctor is yet to arrive,” Mushtaq Ahmad, a patient, said.

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