Patients with seasonal diseases increase in Govt hospitals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Mar 2017 11:29:52

Staff Reporter,

Patients suffering from fever, liver problems and other seasonal diseases are registered more than average patients at Government hospitals

Now summer has almost begun and Government hospitals were witnessed heavy rush of patients, specially the patients of seasonal diseases. Patients suffering from fever, liver problems and other seasonal diseases are registered more than average patients at Government hospitals.

But the problem is that in Out Patient Department (OPD) the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff is persisted. Not only the medicos and non-medicos, rather in most hospitals and health centres face shortage of essential drugs. Due to which, the health department has recently issued a circular to all district health authorities, divisional joint directors, health and district hospital Civil Surgeons to keep adequate stock of live saving drugs. Usually those Government hospitals where the patients reach more includes JP hospital, Katju hospital, Jawahar Lal Nehru gas Relief hospital, Hamidia hospital and others.

According to information, the health department is said to have decided to make its field staff alert instead of increasing doctors and paramedical staff to cope up the increasing patients in Government hospitals. The department is already facing shortage of doctors and even paramedical staff and has not plan to recruit doctors or paramedical staff on contract basis under the National Health Mission (NHM). While in last three years, number of doctors, nurses and compounders were retired affecting the smooth services in Government hospitals.
Under the new policy, the health department has decided to pay more attention to awareness drive in rural and city areas so that the people themselves keep some precautions so there will be less diseases. Secondly it will reduce rush of patients at the rural health centres and even district hospitals. To create awareness among the public, the department will take help of Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANMs), Multi Purpose Health Workers and even Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) their net work in the rural areas of the state.
According to a senior health officer, such arrangements will be made the patients may get treatment for fever, diarrhea etc at their places so that they might not need to rush to the Community Health Centre (CHC) of their Block or district hospital.
While the district health authorities are waiting new guidelines under the Anti-biotic policy, introduced by the Government of India in order to have minimum use of the anti-biotic drugs. If the anti-biotic drugs are consumed more , it will be harmful to the body and many new complications in body are developed.
When contacted Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), said it was
true the rush of the patients increasing in Government hospitals but we will not increase strength of doctors and paramedical staff. We will create public awareness among the seasonal diseases and alert our field staff so that the patients be got treatment for small diseases at their village, she said.