Jahangeer Ganaie

Shortage of staff at DH Shopian worries officials

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Shopian: At a time when hospitals need to be geared up for facing any arising eventuality due to surge in covid-19 cases, the district hospital Shopian in south Kashmir is facing staff shortage.
Official sources said that despite being designated as Covid-19 hospital, the health facility is facing dearth of staff.
They said that the hospital has just six nursing orderlies besides that there are just four ward boys.
They further added that hospital is also running without a pharmacist for last two years.
They further added that the district hospital has just six ventilators for both Covid as well as non-Covid patients and is also short of staff to operate the life saving machines.
In case the number of covid patients witnesses surge the staff shortage will prove a big impediment to provide quality healthcare as the hospital is facing shortage of anaesthetic assistants, ECG technicians and head lab technicians, the sources added.
The sources said that despite being a district hospital, there are no critical CT Scan and MRI facilities available at the hospital.
A senior doctor from the hospital said that they have brought these issues to the notice of higher ups many times, but so far the issues have not been addressed.
Despite repeated attempts, CMO Shopian wasn’t available for his comments over the issue.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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