SRINAGAR: The District Hospital Pulwama, which serves approximately 300 villages, is grappling with a significant shortage of doctors and paramedical staff, posing a formidable challenge to hospital administrators.
Officials, in conversation with news agency KNO, revealed that District Hospital Pulwama not only serves the needs of 300 villages within the district but also receives patients from Shopian and Budgam seeking medical treatment.
The hospital witnesses a continuous influx of patients, necessitating a sufficient staff to deliver improved healthcare services. Over the past few years, several doctors from the hospital were transferred, yet replacements have not been appointed to date.
Residents acknowledge the presence of better facilities at the district hospital but cite the shortage of medical personnel as a pressing concern. They contend that deploying an ample workforce to the hospital would reduce patient referrals to tertiary care facilities.
They have submitted their appeal to the Director of Health Services and the Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama, urging them to address the situation.
Dr Ab Gani Dar, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Pulwama, disclosed that approximately 70 positions remain vacant within the hospital. He affirmed that they have already communicated with the relevant authorities regarding this matter and expressed optimism that the vacancies will soon be filled. Currently, 70 positions, including 15 doctors, remain unfilled.
Dr Dar underscored, “This 200-bed District Hospital Pulwama is fully equipped to serve patients, and endeavors are underway to further enhance its capabilities.” (KNO)