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RIMS plagued by staff shortage

RIMS plagued by staff shortage
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In a hospital that receives not less than 1,200 to 1,500 out-patients every day, patients suffering from kidney-related ailments are being referred...

Adilabad: The 500-bed RIMS teaching hospital in Adilabad is plagued by shortage of teaching, para-medical and nursing staff affecting the hospital functioning at all levels. For want of suitable qualified teaching staff, the college has been making do with the guest faculty.

In a hospital that receives not less than 1,200 to 1,500 out-patients every day, patients suffering from kidney-related ailments are being referred either to NIMS at Hyderabad or to some other private hospitals as the hospital has no qualified specialist. Also, the hospital has no qualified gynecologist and pediatrician.

The RIMS hospital and the attached medical college should have a total of 151 teaching staff. But, there are only 90. There are 100 medicos pursuing MBBS course in the college. In fact, the following number of posts remained vacant: Professors -18, associate professor-18, assistant professors-12, paramedical staff-230 and nurses-150.

Also, there is an acute shortage of sanitary staff in the hospital. There is only one general physician against the requirement of four general physicians. Expectant mothers and children’s lives are reportedly at risk for want of a gynecologist and pediatrician.

Since a good number of paramedical staff posts remained vacant, the medical equipment with the hospital remained idle. Even for small tests the patients are being prescribed to get them done from private diagnostic centers.

Unhygienic conditions prevailed in the hospital premises for want of adequate number of sanitation workers. Allotment of crores of rupees to the hospital development was confined to statements but did not translate into a reality.

Talking to The Hans India, RIMS director Ashok admitted severe staff shortage but maintained that the patients are being provided medicare with the whatever existing staff available with the hospital.

The people have been appealing to the government to take steps to fill vacancies in the RIMS hospital as well as the medical college to avoid difficulties to students.

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