Fazilka, October 23
A broken CT system, a non-functioning dialysis unit and a large number of vacancies for chief medical officers, program officers and medical specialists paint a bleak picture for health services in this border district.
Sources have revealed that the CT scan machine installed during the tenure of then Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani about a decade ago was broken and gathering dust in the old building of the hospital for about two years.
The hospital moved to a new building about a year ago.
Similarly, the dialysis unit also remained closed for a few years due to the lack of a medical specialist.
The sources said that of the nine Chief Medical Officer (SMO) posts, six remained vacant. No eye specialists and dermatologists have been assigned to the district and the position of medical specialist is also vacant at the district hospital.
Of a total of six program officer positions in the local civilian medical office, four are vacant. The positions of District Immunization Officer, District Dental Officer, Epidemiologist and Deputy Medical Commissioner, who deal with hospital management, are yet to be filled.
In addition to this, the scarcity of drugs has further aggravated the woes of the patients as there are only 120-130 types of drugs available against the 226 types of drugs mentioned in the essential drugs list.
Civil surgeon Dr Satish Kumar Goyal claimed that the new CT scan unit will soon be installed by a private company and a doctor has been sent for training to get the dialysis unit operational.