A trauma centre set up last year at the town's regional hospital appears to have failed to serve its purpose due to the acute shortage of medical professionals and auxiliary staff. The state government has failed to provide the necessary manpower to the centre that was inaugurated amid much fanfare by health minister Thakur Kaul Singh on September 30, 2014.
According to information only one doctor has been appointed at the centre ever since it opened even though the hospital authorities require a neurosurgeon besides other specialist physicians and six casualty medical doctors to run it effectively. Apart from this, no paramedical staff has been hired.
Chief medical officer Baldev Thakur said: "In emergency cases we've to shift staff at the hospital to the trauma centre to take care of the patients, which adversely affects the hospital's functioning. A neurosurgeon, orthopedic an, anesthetist, radiologist and doctors on general duty besides paramedical staff including ten nurses and an operation theatre technician are urgently required, for which hospital officials have written to senior health officials. Despite the lack of staff we're doing our best to run the centre and hope to get the required manpower soon."
The regional hospital is the principal healthcare facility for residents of the Lahaul & Spiti, Kullu and Mandi districts. A long queue of outdoor patients is commonly seen in front of the doors of doctor's room, where they check the patients but many times due to unavailability of doctors on duty in their office, it put patients in quandary and they failed to understand that weather doctor is on duty or not.
Area residents have repeatedly urged the state government to equip the centre with proper health staff, which may help the hospital authority to deliver its services effectively to the patients in time of need, rather rotating health staff here and there, which makes inconvenience to the patients.