Kendrapara: The government-run health service network in Kendrapara district is in a state of asphyxia following huge backlog of vacant doctors’ posts.
As many as 65% of sanctioned posts of doctors are lying vacant in the district while 59% posts are lying unoccupied in the premier district headquarters hospital in Kendrapara.
With the health centres being largely unmanned without doctors, people are left to fend themselves to get the better of disease. Following the absence of required number of doctors in rural health centres, quacks are cashing in on the situation.
At present 78 doctors are posted in government healthcare institutions in the district which is home to 15 lakh people.
Of the 225 sanctioned posts of doctors, 147 posts are lying vacant in the district. This has virtually paralysed the health service network with things going from bad to worse with each passing day.
The scenario of vacancies in doctors’ post remains the same both in rural and urban pockets. The district headquarters hospital, the premier government-run health centre, is also dogged by vacancies. Of the 62 sanctioned posts in the District headquarters hospital, 36 are falling vacant.
The vacancies are adversely affecting the health service network. The crux of the problem is that the doctors posted here are playing truant and have not reported for duty, said a senior health official.
The authorities concerned have been apprised of the situation for deployment of more doctors. The higher authorities have responded positively. The vacant posts are likely to be filled up shortly, said Chief District Medical Officer, Mrs. Urmila Mishra.
The government claims of streamlining health service network through citizen-centric 5T feedback system. However ground realities speak altogether a different story. Health service network is on the verge of breakdown in a comparatively developed district in Kendrapara. The infrastructure of health centres has definitely been given a facelift. But these are unmanned with drought of doctors. The well-furnished hospital buildings have been reduced to figurative and decorative pieces. The very purpose for which hospitals have come up stands defeated as people largely deprived of health service due to lack of doctors.