Dialysis and ventilator machines could not be brought into operation due to lack of experts in Kalaiya Hospital, Bara.

The hospital had bought the machines through a tender process at Rs 4,000,000.

Acting Chief at the hospital Gaurav Mahato said the equipment could not be brought into operation due to lack of technicians. He said the hospital had urged the authority concerned to send technicians at the earliest.

"But no one heeded our pleas," he added. Mahato said that the hospital could not bring the available service into operation due to this reason. He added that only 12 permanent staffers were working in the hospital while the hospital had a quota of 59 staffers.

People suffering from common cold and fever, among other seasonal diseases, have increased of late. Medical Superintendent Mahato said patients with COVID-19-like symptoms had reached the hospital for treatment.

"But most of them test negative in PCR tests," he added.

Mahato advised patients to rest, take more fluid, and vegetables and fruits.

According to the hospital, lab and x-ray services have also not been provided by the hospital effectively. Service seekers said that they were compelled to go to other health facilities for the same service even though it was available in the hospital. They said that health workers did not stay in the hospital and left the hospital before time.

People from remote areas are compelled to go to another health facility due to lack of service in the hospital. They added that the hospital lacked effective service.

Mahato said the hospital was already facing too many other problems besides human resource crisis.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 8 2021, of The Himalayan Times.