Sub-District Hospital Uri

Is state administration, in particular the Health Department in know of the “ailment” of  the Sub- District Hospital of Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district where due to apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned , patients often suffer to the extent of losing  their lives or are  forced  to cover long distances for getting treatment? Had there been periodic visits undertaken by the authorities to take stock of the conditions prevailing in the hospital, perhaps some action would have been taken.
The shortage of staff is the main problem being faced by the hospital and the people of an area numbering over 76000 spread over 43 villages which come under the health care supposed to be provided by this hospital are ultimate sufferers. Nearly 400 patients visit every day at the Out Patient Department of this hospital. Specialist Doctors are not provided due to which the suffering people have to visit Baramulla or Srinagar hospitals. Just it can be imagined as to how this hospital must be functioning where 16 posts of Medical Officers, 33 posts of para medical staff are vacant and not filled including the posts of a Gynecologist, General Physician, Dental Surgeon and the Pediatrician.
Gynecologist provided at this hospital has been reportedly put under staggered duty schedule by attending Baramulla Hospital for three days and the SDH Uri for the other three days.  That the entire district is facing shortage of Doctors, as per the version of the CMO holds no water looking to the fact that so many Doctors are rolled out from our medical colleges annually, yet there remained the shortage of staff. Why the clause to  compulsorily serve rural and semi urban areas by Doctors and other staff at least for three years is not incorporated in their service rules which could go a long way in preventing “managing” to avoid rural and semi urban postings? We urge the authorities to take immediate remedial measures in the instant case.