Barkas: Due to non-availability of duty doctors at Barkas Community Health Centre, the patients of are turning back without any consultancy or are forced to visit private clinics. This state-run hospital has all the amenities on a par with modern hospitals, but lack of staff and absence of duty doctors is forcing the locals to visit private clinics.
Barkas Health Centre has top amenities, but suffers dearth of doctors
According to him, in-patient male ward was closed down due to non-availability of male doctors and even gynaec patients have to return or approach private clinics. “Due to less staff only 4 or 5 gynaec patients were admitted for deliveries,” he added. When The Hans India reporter visited the hospital, there was no medical officer present, the staff said that doctors were on leave and hardly 5-6 staff were present including nurses and none of the staff were ready to talk. They asked to consult Medical Officer who was on leave.
Jabeen Fatima, a resident of Errakunta who travelled 2 km for a checkup, said that this is the only hospital in the nearby areas, if there was a delivery all the staff remain in operation theatre and no more staff will be available for other patients. “Due to this all patients have to leave without consulting. It’s a well equipped and furnished hospital but there is dearth of staff,” she explained.
Abdullah bin Salam, a patient from Salala, said that it is an area hospital with in-patient wards for both males and females, but the men were not allowed for checkup, as there were no male doctor available and the male ward remained empty. “Recently a man was suffering from high fever and came to hospital for consulting, the female duty doctor or the available staff did not attend him by saying no men are allowed as there is no male doctor,” said Abdullah.
BY MM Farooqui