Residents are all geared up to demand their fair share of facilities when state health minister Madan Mohan Mittal visits the district on Wednesday. By all accounts, the health minister needs to come armed with a power tonic to help the people and revitalise the district's ailing health infrastructure.
The local civil hospital, primary health centres, community health centres and other government-run health clinics, all are running with severe shortage of doctors and believe it or not, there is only one eye-specialist in the entire district.
Key posts like the district medical commissioner and the senior medical officer at the Sardulgarh primary health centres (PHC) are vacant. Rural hospital Phaphade Bhaike, mini-PHC Joga, mini- PHC Nangal Khurd, and mini- PHC Jaurkian have no medical officers to attend to patients.
Of the three sanctioned posts of MDs, two posts of MD (medicine) are lying vacant at the Mansa civil hospital. A radiologist has not been posted here since December 2009.
In Khyala PHC, there is no MD (Medicine), no surgeon, no gyneachologist, and no orthopaedician.
Of the nine posts of specialist doctors in PHC Sardulgarh, six including a pathologist, radiologist, dental surgeon, anesthetist, pediatrician, and eye-specialist are vacant.
In district school health Clinic Mansa, the post of an ENT specialist, a dental surgeon and a public health nurse are vacant.
INTEGRATED COUNSELLING TESTING CENTRE IN A SHAMBLES
Aided by NACO and supervised by Punjab State AIDS Control Society, the ICTC in Mansa district is running below par centres, with no facilities. There is no centre in Budhlada.
In Sardulgarh, there is no female counsellors, while in Mansa there is no male counsellor. Norms mandate that in each ICTC centre, a manager, who is a doctor, a laboratory technician and two counselors, a male and a female, to provide facilities like diagnosis of HIV, providing basic information on modes of HIV transmission, and promoting behavioural change to reduce vulnerability and linking people with other HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
LACK OF DIGITAL X-RAY MACHINES A REALITY
A digital ultrasound machine is not available at the Mansa district hospital. At hospitals in Mansa and Sardulgarh, only manual X-ray machines are functioning.
In other community health centers, including Budhlada, Khyala, Jhunir, Bhikhi, and Boha and in all rural hospitals of Joga, Bareta and Phaphade Bhaike, there is no technician to run even these manual machines.