With no docs at PHCs: Bhadradri,Kothagudem tribals left in lurch
There is a shortage of doctors in the primary health centres (PHCs) located in the agency areas of Bhadradri and Kothagudem districts affecting the...
Kothagudem: There is a shortage of doctors in the primary health centres (PHCs) located in the agency areas of Bhadradri and Kothagudem districts affecting the interests of Girijans. As a result, they are forced to approach hospitals elsewhere. With suffering from ailments like cholera, malaria, dengue and chickungunya, some have died in the recent past due to non-availability of timely treatment.
As against the requirement of 64 doctors in 38 PHCs only 34 are working. The posts are remaining vacant following the government’s failure to fill them. In some cases although doctors have been appointed, youngsters among them are taking leave and staying away from PHCs after working for two years. Also 55 posts of ANMs are yet to be filled. As many as 38 posts of health assistants (male) are lying vacant.
Meanwhile, Bhadrachalam MLA Sunnam Rajayya on Thursday demanded immediate appointment of doctors while raising the issue staff shortage. The MLA called for setting up of more PHCs in the two districts and running of mobile health centres to cater to the needs of Girijans.
District Medical and Health Officer Dr Venkateshwar Rao told The Hans India that a proposal was submitted to the government to fill the vacant posts of doctors in PHCs. He claimed that there was no shortage of medicines in PHCs.
Adivasi Sangham leader M Nehru informed the newspaper that the government should fix a compulsory five-year service for doctors and devote attention to the health needs of Girijans. He favoured declaration of health emergency in the agency areas in every season.
By PV Satyanarayana