Demanding immediate appointment of doctors and nursing staff on vacant posts and provision of better facilities for patients,Rajkot MP Kunvarji Bavaliya sat on a day-long fast on the premises of Civil Hospital in the city on Thursday. The MP and local Congress workers held prayer meet for improving the poor health of health department in the morning and,later,sat on fast till 5 pm.
Many departments do not have doctors. They also face shortage of paramedical staff. Poor patients are not given medicines from the hospital and they have to buy it from private medical stores. Due to the lack of proper facilities,poor patients from villages have to go to private hospitals, Bavaliya said.
The Congress MP said he had written to the state health commissioner on October 2,demanding action on 20 issues plaguing the hospital.
He had to sit on fast as nothing had happened. In his letter,Bavaliya claimed that 50 per cent posts of medical and paramedical staff were vacant.
The state government is not bothered about health services at all, Bavaliya alleged. Despite being the largest government hospital in Saurashtra and Kutch,the Civil Hospital has no neurosurgeon or urologist,Bavaliya said in the letter.
The medical superintendent of civil hospital,Dr Rathindra Deshmukh conceded there was staff shortage in the hospital. Against the sanctioned strength of 32 posts for doctors,we have only 22. Around 100 posts of nursing staff are also vacant, Dr Deshamukh said.