Frequent transfers bane of healthcare in Ferozepur - ECAS Punjab

Frequent transfers bane of healthcare in Ferozepur

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Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, September 8

While Covid-19 is at its peak in the state and the border town witnessing a huge spike in cases, the frequent transfers of key stakeholders in the Health Department, combined with the lack of resources and manpower, has put the healthcare management out of gear. Also, ventilators provided to the hospital are lying unused.

As per sources, three Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and three Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) have been transferred for unknown reasons during the past three months, which has adversely impacted Covid management in this district.

During the initial period, when the lockdown was imposed, Dr Navdeep Singh was posted as the CMO. However, he was transferred on June 26, following which Dr Jugal Kishore joined on July 1. He, too, was transferred on August 26 and now, Dr Vinod Sarin has been posted as the CMO.

Similarly, Dr Avinash Jindal joined as the SMO in March. He was actively involved in Covid care management but was transferred in July. Thereafter, Dr Pradeep Mohindra joined on July 10 but was eventually posted out on August 22. Later, Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar was appointed for the post but he was reportedly transferred within eight days.

Till date, 44 deaths have been reported due to Covid in the district and the cases are increasing with each passing day. Besides, hundreds of patients are suffering from other diseases like dengue, typhoid, malaria and other kinds of viral infections. In this scenario, the frequent changes have impacted the healthcare management adversely.

Local businessman Inder Gupta, who was admitted to the Civil Hopital after he tested Covid-positive, said unhygienic and poor sanitary conditions, besides lack of housekeeping arrangements, posed a huge challenge for the patients. Even the food being served was not up to the mark. These portrayed a grim picture of healthcare facilities due to which the patients were reluctant to get admitted to the Civil Hospital. They were rather making a beeline outside private clinics and hospitals, he added.

None of the three ventilators recently provided to the Civil Hospital are functional. A ventilator which was provided by one of the NGOs is lying abandoned without any care. Another two ventilators, provided by Ferozepur MP Sukhbir Singh Badal, have also not been put to use yet, reportedly due to unavailability of requisite manpower. Sunir Monga, a social worker, said it was unfortunate that the ventilator donated by their NGO was still not functioning. "We had collected money from our pockets to purchase the ventilator for the hospital. However, the entire efforts seem to have gone futile," he added.

Posts lying vacant

Of the 31 sanctioned posts, nine posts of doctors, including a surgeon, an orthopaedic, two paediatricians and one anaesthesiologist, are lying vacant at the Civil Hospital while only 63 doctors are working against 106 sanctioned posts in other healthcare centres in the district. Four doctors have been reported Covid-positive to date besides staff nurses, paramedics and other health officials, who also have contracted the virus.



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