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
The Health Centre being run on ground plus one building providing varied services has all the required equipment for in and out patients. One of the three doctors, despite being a dentist, was seen attending general patients. “The hospital is running with no duty, general, emergency and night duty doctors. As it’s the only hospital in nearby areas, the patients come even from Pahadishareef, Errakunta, Salala, Shaheennagar and surrounding areas. Daily hundreds of patients visit and many of them leave without consulting as there are no doctors available,” said Talha Kaseri, local MIM leader.
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