Jagatsinghpur, Sept 21 (LocalWire): The health system in the rural areas of Naugaon block is ailing due to the non-implementation of different schemes under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) owing to negligence and callous attitude of health officials.
Shortage of doctors and paramedical staff have added to the woes of the rural people. Skilled personnel are unwilling to work in remote areas of the district due to lack of infrastructure and limited accommodation.
As vacant posts have not been filled, the workload on the existing staff has increased manifold.
Nearly one lakh people of 16 panchayats depend on the Naugaon community health centre for treatment but patients are disgruntled and complain of negligence of health department officials and the administration.
The 16-bedded CHC is supposed to have four specialist doctors looking after patients but all are lying vacant.
An assistant surgeon fills up for the specialist doctors and the locals have to go to hospitals in Jagatsinghpur or Cuttack for treatment.
There is provision to supply free food like bread, milk to indoor patients but the 14 patients admitted in the hospital complained that they have not received any food from the CHC.
In May 2019, the superintendent of Naugaon CHC had invited a tender and given the contract to Laxmipriya Suppliers to supply dry diet to indoor patients on an annual contract for the financial year 2019-20.
The supplier said he incurred losses and stopped supplying food for patients from 1September.
Even after 20 days, nothing has been done either by the administration or the health department officials to supply food to the patients and they alleged that they are forced to buy from the local market.
Medical officer of Naugaon CHC is depriving them of the free food that they are entitled to for the last 20 days, the patients alleged.
Patients also complained that several medicines are not available in the CHC and they were forced to purchase it from private medicine shops.
Medical Officer, Naugaon, Sunadan Mohanty confessed, ‘the supplier has stopped supplying dry diet to the CHC so we have sought the intervention of BDO, Naugaon and Child Development Project officer to select a Self Help Group to supply dry food and we expect to solve the problem shortly.’