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UKHRUL | Sept 23 : The 50 bedded Ukhrul District Hospital at Hungpung was commissioned for functioning on October 28, 2016, however, shortage of staffs has continued to hamper its smooth functioning.
While laying the foundation stone of Somdal CHC on July 5, health minister, L. Jayantakumar had promised to fill up the doctor lying vacant at the district hospital at the earliest. However, the promised is yet to be materialised and the hospital is functioning without much needed specialists in surgery, medicine, orthopaedic, radiology and microbiology.
The 50 bedded hospital has only one lab technician and three sweepers, and the single X-ray machine installed in the hospital is not functioning.
Medical officer of the hospital informed that a patient who was admitted on September 21 is still waiting to take X-ray because there is a fault in the machine. Out of the 16 required minimum medical officers, only six are running the hospital and consequently, there have been constant complaints from the patients and attendants due to shortage of staff, he added.
Another medical officer informed that most of the patients admitted are related to kidney and liver problems but there is no machine for kidney test and liver function test, and so the patients are usually referred to RIMS at Imphal.
A person named N. Isaac said that his 82 years old father, N. Luisa is suffering from stomach cramps and dysentery and was admitted to Ukhrul district hospital yesterday at around 11:30 am but the doctor came for check-up today morning at around 8:30 am. It was told that the doctors were engaged in child delivery and could not attend to his father, he added. He continued that most of patients who come for treatment at the hospital are mostly from financially disadvantaged families who cannot afford to go to Imphal or other places for medical check–ups and treatments.
One of the attendants also complained about the treatment by the nurses. She lamented that the nurses were harsh to them when their family members were suffering and lying in the hospital bed.