State’s only child health institute has one doctor for 20 patients
Srinagar: Shortage of doctors has badly hit the healthcare services at Kashmir’s lone children’s specialty, the GB Pant Hospital (GBPH), while the government continues to be callous in recruiting staff.
According to doctors, ailing children are facing a threat to their lives as there are only 76 doctors for the nearly 1,500 patients received at GBPH on a daily basis.
Parents who visit the institute for their children’s treatment face huge inconvenience as they struggle to consult the specialist they require.
An estimated 1,000 patients visit the GBPH emergency ward for admission, and around 500 throng the In-Patient Department daily.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that healthcare has been hit at GBPH owing to the dearth of specialist physicians and child surgeons.
They said the hospital’s doctor-patient ratio is a cause of concern, with one doctor having care of up to 20 sick children.
“The government must recruit more than 100 doctors to run the healthcare services of the hospital smoothly and ease the burden on the doctors. They are facing a nightmarish situation at GBPH, especially in the intensive care unit, as they work continuously for more than 18 hours,” said a senior doctor, wishing anonymity.
He said most of the vacant posts are of faculty members and specialist doctors.
“Children who need close monitoring and surgical intervention are the worst sufferers because there is no mechanism for their immediate treatment. Many children were either being referred to SKIMS or to private health facilities or outside J&K for surgeries,” he added.
GBPH medical superintendent Dr Kawaljeet Singh said a recruitment proposal had been sent to the government, highlighting the shortage of doctors.
“We are hopeful that a fresh lot of doctors will be recruited soon through SSRB. We are also in a process of appointing some doctors on an academic arrangement basis,” he said.