Golaghat: People of Golaghat have expressed dismay as most hospitals in Golaghat district are functioning without Medical & Health Officer-I (M&HO-I). They also demanded immediate appointment of sufficient doctors and staff in medical institutions.
As per report received from the Joint Director of Health Services, Golaghat, there are 25 health institutions in Golaghat district and altogether 45 sanctioned posts for Medical and Health Officer-I. But out of 45 sanctioned M&HO-I post, 36 posts are lying vacant and only in nine health institution there is Medical and Health Officer-I.
In Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital, there are 12 M&HO-I sanctioned posts and six are lying vacant. In SKMSDCH, Bokakhat there is four sanctioned posts and all four are lying vacant. Merapani CHC, Kohora Model Hospital, Kachamari Model Hospital, Nahardunga Model Hospital, Uriamghat Model Hospital, Dergaon SHC, UHO, Golaghat, Bhulaguri MPHC, Chinatoly SD, Sumoni SD, Kuralguri MPHC, Mohuramukh MPHC, Kabarugaon MPHC, Gelabil MPHC, Kachamari MPHC, Bilgaon MPHC, Morangi MPHC, Naharchala MPHC, Khatgaon MPHC and Bilotia MPHC are health institutions functioning without Medical and Health Officer-I, which is matter of concern.
In this regard, the Joint Director of Health Services, Golaghat, Robin Bordoloi said that the vacant posts in various health institutions of Golaghat had been filled up with MBBS doctors who were sent by the government for compulsory rural posting for one year. The requirement of doctors had already been submitted to the higher authority for necessary action.
Former Golaghat AASU general secretary Abhibartan Goswami said that as many as 36 sanctioned posts of M& HO-I were lying vacant out of 45 posts. Most hospitals of Golaghat district are functioning without permanent doctor. As a result, the common people are facing problems while coming to the hospitals for treatment.
Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital is in a pitiable condition. Patients can be seen lying on the floor. Patients have to undergo treatment in an unhygienic atmosphere. The campus of the hospital is very dirty and garbage is strewn in various places. The toilets tanks and latrines are also not clean. Sufficient medicines are allegedly not available in the hospital pharmacy. There is also a drugs distribution store but it does not have sufficient medicines due to which patients have to depend on private pharmacies. The conscious people of Golaghat have demanded the authority concerned to take immediate action on the issue.