With administration of health services suffering in Ferozepur for various reasons, the primary being vacancies not being filled, most villages are going without doctors. HT questioned Ferozepur civil surgeon YK Gupta on the issue.
Q What are you doing to ensure good health services to Ferozepur residents?
Our endeavor has always been to ensure that available medical staff, including doctors, be posted in the required ratio at the health centres and the civil hospitals in the district.
Q How do you check absenteeism of medical staff?
Besides regular checks, we conduct surprise raids to ensure that the staff is always available at their designated points. As a matter of routine, a senior medical officer of the health centre concerned is the nodal officer and is tasked to ensure that there are no absentees and the administration of health services proceeds smoothly.
Q What are hurdles you face in providing health services to residents in border areas?
No specialist or super-specialist doctor is willing to be posted here as it is a border area and a backward town. If we do get somebody, he/she pulls strings to be posted elsewhere or proceeds on long leave.
Q What is the availability status of medical staff in Ferozepur, now?
We do not have the staff to fill the sanctioned posts. We are facing shortages. At the district headquarter civil hospital, as many as 18 posts of medical experts are vacant.
Q Have you taken any steps to get the required medical staff here, if yes what?
We send a monthly posting position to the head office. The issue is also raised in monthly meetings of the department. However, we have always only received a curt reply and here I quote: 'Recruitment of more staff is under process and once it's accomplished, more staff will be sent to you'.