Jammu, Jammu’s lone super specialty hospital seems to be working on crutches as many ills continue to plague the institution, thereby defying its basic objective of providing advanced treatment to the poor in the state.
The hospital, which was made functional in 2013, is still grappling with the shortage of manpower, including specialist doctors and paramedics.
Official sources told The Tribune that the hospital’s oxygen as well as AC plants were ineffective and there was a need to go for their maintenance to ensure their proper functioning.
“Though the piped oxygen supply has been provided in each block, the oxygen plant is not working as per its capacity. The administration seems to be awaiting for a major tragedy, like the recent one at Gorakhpur in UP,” sources said, adding, “The AC plant, too, has been facing technical problems. No regular maintenance of AC plants, gas plant and elevators is being carried out in the hospital.”
The sources said only one out of the three diesel generator sets was functioning properly while the other two were not working due to technical issues. “In case of an emergency, there is no provision of immediate power backup,” the sources said.
Six super specialties, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery, nephrology, urology, neurology and neuro-surgery, were made functional in the hospital. The sources said nearly 819 posts of various categories were created for the hospital and the department had decided to fill the posts on a “fast-track basis.”
The hospital has been facing a major manpower crunch as 128 posts of doctors are vacant in the hospital which has the total sanctioned strength of 187 posts of doctors.
Besides, there is not even a single medical officer in the hospital. Against the sanctioned strength of 467 posts of paramedics, around 120 posts are still vacant.
“The hospital has been facing a shortage of nearly two-thirds of the total strength of doctors. There are two posts of lecturers in the Cardiology Department but both are vacant and all four posts of assistant surgeons are also lying vacant. In the Cardio-Thoracic Department, there is one post of associate professor which is still vacant while one post of lecturer is also unfilled,” the sources said.
In the Neurosurgery Department, the sanctioned posts of professor and associate professor are still lying vacant while out of the two lecturers’ posts in the same department, one is vacant. Besides, all three posts of registrars in the department are vacant. All major posts in the Neurology, Nephrology and Urology departments are also lying vacant.