Dadeldhura, September 10
Health services in Dadeldhura Hospital had been adversely affected following the transfer of doctors to other places under the staff adjustment process. Now, to add to the woes of patients, the remaining three doctors at the hospital have also been taken ill.
There were 12 doctors working in the hospital before the staff adjustment process, but with the transfer of nine doctors elsewhere, the health facility was left only with three doctors.
The three doctors were said to be working round-the-clock at the hospital for the last one month. Now, with the remaining three doctors falling ill, health services have been severely affected at the hospital.
Medical Director Jitendra Kandel said the doctors were attending patients even though they were not in the best of health.
Kandel is suffering from diarrhoea while Dr Jiban Sharma and another doctor are suffering due to fever. “We have not been able to sleep and eat well for the last month after nine doctors were transferred from the hospital,” said Kandel. “The doctors fell ill due to hectic work schedule,” he added.
Patients from Baitadi, Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura and Doti report to Dadeldhura Hospital for treatment.
Hospital sources said that around 300 patients reached the hospital for treatment on a daily basis. Kandel said patients had to be referred to other health facilities due to lack of doctors at the hospital. He informed that lab equipment, endoscopy machine, video x-ray machine and ECG machine, among other medical equipment, had not been used for many days. Similarly, the hospital is facing shortage of scrub typhus testing kit.
The hospital source said that two patients suffering from scrub typhus reached the hospital almost every day. Kandel said that it would take one to two more days for the kit to reach the hospital even though the hospital administration had demanded the kit a week ago.
As many as 67 scrub typhus patients have reached the hospital from Baitadi, Darchula, Doti and Dadeldhura so far.
A version of this article appears in print on September 11, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.