SRINAGAR: Shortage of doctors is affecting healthcare operations at the gynaecology unit of the children’s hospital located at Sonwar here.
The unit only has three doctors available to examine about 40-50 patients in a week.
The unit was set up to cater to patients, mostly expecting women, from Awantipora and southern parts of Srinagar. But owing to the shortage of doctors, it doesn’t seem to be fulfilling its purpose.
The authorities’ approach towards the problem has made the patients believe that they intend to shut down the facility, which was established to reduce patient footfall at the Lal Dad maternity hospital.
“There are only a few gynaecologists here. We tried to ask authorities the reasons of its closure, but they asked us to shout on the roads. The authorities are callous and usually give a deaf ear to our grievances,” a patient, who has come to the hospital to see a gynaecologist, said.
The medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Shafkat Khan, said they have neither closed down the unit nor would they let anyone do it.
“It is a part of overall childcare. Our doctors are examining the patients regularly. I agree that we don’t have enough experts at our disposal, but we have already written to the higher authorities about it and we hope things will be sorted out soon,” he said.
In 2012, the then-chief minister ordered closure of the unit. But it was reopened after the devastating floods in 2014.
An official, wishing not to be named, blamed political interference for the plight of the unit.
He said: “We are now in a delusional state in which the unit has been reopened but without the required number of doctors. It is just a facility on papers,” the official said.