Baramulla: The understaffed district hospital in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town is unable to coup up with a huge pressure of patients with gynaecology related issues and ailments.
Against the actual requirement of a dozen doctors specializing in gynaecology and obstetrics, the hospital is functioning on three doctors. “There is always huge rush of female patients because three doctors are unable to attend to all indoor and outdoor patients,” said Ali Mohammad, a resident of border town of Uri who had arrived with his pregnant wife for her routine check-up.
Many patients prefer to go to private or government hospitals in Srinagar to avoid hassles. However, a large chunk of impoverished population is constrained to stick to the district hospital for treatment.
Abdul Salam a local resident said that the hospital receives patients from the far-flung areas of Uri, Rafiabad, Kandi, and other urban areas everyday but due to the shortage of doctors thy suffer from inordinate delay in treatment and lack of focused attention from the doctors.
Medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Masood Ahmad admitted that the hospital is being run on a skeletal staff. “I have taken up the issue with the director health services Kashmir. I have recommended that a minimum of four doctors specializing in gynaecology must be posted in the hospital,” he told Kashmir Reader.
“We require a dozen gynaecologists in the hospital as per the number of patients and the status of the hospital. However, if the authorities depute four more doctors, we can handle the situation much to the satisfaction of people,” he said.