Dadeldhura, August 12
Service delivery has been badly affected at Dadeldhura District Hospital after doctors deployed at the hospital were transferred to other places as per the staff adjustment programme.
Doctors working at the hospital have already left for their new work places, but doctors appointed at the hospital are yet to join duty.
The hospital has the quota for 12 doctors, but only five doctors were working at the hospital. Of the five doctors, three have already been transferred to other hospitals.
Medical Director Jitendra Kandel said of the remaining two, one was on two-year study leave, while the other was deployed at the hospital for a short period. Kandel said that as many as 200 patients reached the hospital on a daily basis. “It is very difficult to provide health facilities to people due to lack of doctors,” he added.
Dadeldhura Hospital had recently established a modern lab and launched services such as endoscopy and video x-ray. Hospital sources said that these services would be closed if doctors were not deployed soon. “Almost 70 per cent of the total patients reporting to the hospital require lab tests,” said Kandel. He said that only four to five doctors could not provide the service.
The patients are compelled to go to other health facilities due to lack of doctors at the hospital. “We have sent an official letter the higher authorities demanding that doctors be deployed at the hospital as soon as possible,” Kandel added.
A version of this article appears in print on August 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.