Kendrapara, Oct 15 (LocalWire): V Karthikeya Pandian, secretary of Transformation and Initiatives (5Ts), accompanied by National Rural Health Mission director, Shalini Pandit, paid a surprise visit to the district headquarter hospital here, construction site of the new headquarter hospital at Samagudia, in the outskirts of Kendrapara town and other places today as part of the Mo Sarkar initiative.
Pandian directed the construction company to complete the construction of the 500-bed New District Headquarter hospital at the cost of Rs 110 crores in Samagudia village within four months.
The foundation stone was laid in 2016 and was supposed to be comlete within two years but the construction work is yet to be completed.
The government aimed to reduce the pressure on the century-old district hospital which is already grappling with workload and staff shortage, thus affecting healthcare.
‘We have asked the authorities to speed up work on the proposed hospital.
But they did not pay any heed to our pleas. Now, we hope the construction company will complete the work soon, said Biswanath Behera, a retired engineer and the president of Kendrapara Citizen Forum.
Up to 92 posts of doctors are lying vacant in 65 government-run hospitals in Kendrapara district and as a result health service has taken a back seat in 230 gram panchayats with a population of 14.60 lakh.
‘Significantly, of the 171 sanctioned posts for doctors in the district, 92 are lying vacant since long.
Of these, the highest vacancies are in the district government hospital at Kendrapada as out of 62 only 28 doctors are working in the hospital. The district has nine Community Health Centers and 54 Primary Health Centers (and two hospitals.
Each month, we inform the authorities about the posts of doctors vacant in the district and hope the government will soon appoint more doctors in the district,’ said Urmila MIshra, the chief district medical officer, Kendrapara.
The teamwork, technology, transparency, transformation and time limit (5Ts) of the government will not improve the health scenario in the district as all the CHCs, PHCs and district headquarter hospitals are marred with gross inadequacies of staff, basic infrastructure facility and medicines, leaving the common people at lurch, said former minister and senior Congress leader Ganeswar Behera.