ANANTNAG: The deployment of doctors and paramedics from rural health centres to district hospitals in towns is badly affecting the healthcare in villages forcing patients to cover miles to seek treatment even for minor ailments.
Sources in the health department said that scores of doctors and paramedics posted in primary health centres (PHCs) and medical dispensaries of rural areas are being illegally shifted to district , sub-district hospitals or PHCs located in the townships.
The deployment helps the doctors or paramedics to reach their private clinics easily after office hours.
Owing to the political and official patronage, the sources said that the doctors and paramedics manage their deployment in the hospitals of their choice thus leaving the people of the remote areas at the mercy of God.
For instance, out of five doctors posted at PHC Adalach in medical block Sallar, only one doctor is actually delivering his services there while as one is on deployment at district hospital Anantnag and other three are at block headquarter of Sallar.
Similarly, the X-ray technician and two auxiliary nurses posted at PHC Kalan are working on deployment in some other hospitals.
Due to the non-availability of the technician, the X-ray plant installed in the hospital eight years ago is not being used for the benefit of the patients.
The lady doctor posted in the health centre, locals said, too was on deployment for several years but was sent back only few months ago after the local Sarpanch locked the hospital for atleast least five days over the death of a patient due to the non availability of the doctor there.
Sources said that as many as 30 paramedics, actually posted in health centers of various remote villages, are working on deployment in the district hospital Anantnag.
Chief medical officer, Anantnag, Dr Fazil Kochak said that they have to keep the specialist doctors available at those hospitals which witness a huge rush of patients.
“We have some rural PHCs which have very low patient inflow. So if we have any specialist there we deploy him at hospital where patient rush is huge,” CMO said.
He also confirmed that around 30 paramedics working in the district hospital are from different medical blocks.
However an official of the health department said that the deployment of doctors and paramedics in the hospitals of their choice has virtually rendered the health centers of rural areas virtually defunct.