679 posts of Medical Officers vacant, services on ventilator in mountainous areas
Poor health services have always remained an Achilles heel for Uttarakhand ever since it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. Despite best efforts by the successive governments (this is what they claim); the objective of providing basic health care facilities in the remote and mountainous areas has remained a distant dream. In absence of the health facilities in the mountainous areas, the people are forced to visit cities like Dehradun and Haldwani even for non serious ailments. Ironically in last 18 years, the state has failed to set up a reliable tertiary health care facility even in provisional state capital Dehradun. Surge of patients in Dehradun, Haridwar and Haldwani has resulted in mushrooming of private clinics and small hospitals there whose sole purpose is to extract maximum money from the hapless patients. One of the basic problems faced by the state government is reluctance of the doctors to work in mountainous areas. In an apparent surrender of sorts after its failure to provide doctors in hospitals located in mountainous areas, the state government has started Tele- medicine and Tele- radiology services in many remote locations.
The data of the state health department reveals that as many as 679 posts of medical officers are vacant in the state health services which have a sanctioned strength of 2735. A closer look on the data shows that only 1522 regular doctors are working in the health services of Uttarakhand. To aggravate the problem further as many as 239 doctors are on leave for various reasons while 173 out of 359 bonded medical officers (Contractual) are not giving their services as they are doing their post graduation.
Allopathic doctors working in state health department of Uttarakhand
|SN||District||Posts|| Regular |
|1||U S Nagar||197||82||37||78|
To its credit the Trivendra Singh Rawat government has kept focus on recruitment of new doctors and in last one and half years more than 900 doctors were recruited for the health services. However the situation has remained more or less unchanged in the remote areas. In Pauri which is the home district of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat who also holds the health portfolio, 111 posts of the doctors out of total 365 posts are vacant. In Tehri, another mountainous district only 124 regular doctors are working. This district has 226 sanctioned posts of doctors. Interestingly in Dehradun district as many as 107 posts of doctors are still lying vacant out of 346 sanctioned posts. Though Dehradun city remains the favourite among the doctors, they prefer to remain away from the places like Chakrata and Vikasnagar which are mountainous and remote.
When contacted, the Director General (DG) health services, Dr Ravindra Thapliyal told The Pioneer that the number of doctors in the state health services has increased in last few years. “ Earlier there were only 1000 odd doctors in the health services but we now have 2056 doctors which is a significant achievement,’’ he said. The DG added that department conducts walk in interviews for the doctors on every second and fourth Tuesday at health directorate.
Government Health facilities in Uttarakhand
District Hospitals- 12, District Women Hospitals- 7, Base Hospitals- 4, Combined hospitals – 16, Community Health Centres (CHC) – 85, Primary Health Centres- 249, Mental Hospital-1, Sub Centres- 1765
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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