Lack of infrastructure, ill-equipped laboratories and insufficient staff mar the day-to-day working of Shaheed Udham Singh Civil Hospital situated on the State Highway 12-A, here.
The 50-bed hospital is run by just four doctors against the sanctioned strength of 14 and needs immediate attention. These four doctors manage emergency and also look after the outpatient department (OPD). The required strength for emergency wing alone is of six doctors and that of OPD seven. Adhoc arrangements have been made to cater to the rush of patients.
Sources said, "The child specialist doctor is on three-year leave. There has been no replacement for the last two years. He is due to join duty in 2016. The Punjab health department has ignored all our pleas to fill the vacant post. And in the absence of an anesthetist, a long pending demand, it becomes difficult to handle emergency cases."
At present, hospital manages with local private anesthetist, if he is available. Otherwise, patients are referred to Sangrur civil hospital. Even hospital manages without a regular gynecologist. A doctor appointed under the National rural health mission (NRHM) handles the cases.
One of the doctors working with the hospital told HT, "On an average, one doctor examines 170 patients in OPD every day and on Mondays the number swells up to 350-400. For ultra-sound, one doctor comes for two days in week from nearby Jakhpal village."
On condition of anonymity, another doctor said, "According to norms of health department, one doctor is allowed to be at one hospital for minimum of three years and maximum of up to five and in one district for seven years. But there are doctors who are put up at one station for even nine years."
On supply of medicines and facilities in the operation theatre, doctors seem to be satisfied. However, the hospital lacks staff nurses as there are only nine staff nurses against sanctioned strength of 12. Against the required 25 class IV employees, there are only 20.
Hospital has one ambulance with just one driver, who works throughout the year. The hospital lab is equipped with semi-auto analyser and lab staff strength is full. There is a generator for back-up, but doctors with their own efforts have also installed inverters. However, there is neither a canteen nor a waiting room for patients' attendants.
When contacted, Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Subodh Gupta said, "A meeting of all the civil surgeons regarding the same was held on Saturday and we have raised the point with authorities concerned."
Meanwhile, sources informed, "The hospital has funds for a transformer and hotline. However, formal sanction for purchase and installation is awaited. The file is pending at Mohali office for a pretty long time."
1) Child specialist
3) Eye specialist
7) ENT specialist and three general medical officers.