Early Times Report
Jammu, Mar 19: On one hand government has installed Radiology equipment worth crores in key hospitals of Doda but has failed to appoint a Radiologist in the entire district for the last few years due to which to avail the services of radiologist the patients of district are compelled to go to private clinics or adjoining districts.
Sources in the department concerned told Early Times that the dismal healthcare scenario in mountainous district of Doda, witnessing frequent road accidents, is the glaring examples of health being the most neglected sector even under the present regime. The three key health institutions of district including District Hospital Doda, Sub district Hospital Bhaderwah and Thathri where equipments like Ultrasound machines, CT scan Machine already installed by government but inabsence of Radiologist doctors, the machines worth crores gathering dust for the last few years.
"It was very astoundingly as the legislators from the area despite belonging to the ruling party have been feeling helpless in providing better healthcare facilities to the people of their respective constituencies", sources said, adding that the District Hospital Doda, which remains first preference for the ailing persons in the entire district, doesn't have Radiologist during the past quite long time as a result of which people are being compelled to either visit Udhampur or Kishtwar for getting ultrasound. Such type of machine has one of the fastest and most accurate tools for examining the chest, abdomen, pelvis and also helpful to examine patients with injuries from trauma patients.
Whenever there was an accident or any patient visited hospital, doctors in these hospitals are compelled to shift them to Government Medical College Jammu for treatment despite having machine in these hospitals. "If the machines are available in these hospitals then why department had not posted staff here. The purpose for which the machine was given to this hospital is defeated as the machine is of no use of without expert", sources said.
Director Health Services Jammu, Dr. Gurjeet Singh was not available for comments.