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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Four VRS Applicant Doctors Return to Dist Hospital: Another Four Babies Dead in Pat 12 Hours

MALDA, 15 NOV: While reeling under acute staff-crunch the district hospital authorities have taken initiative to ensure the joining of four senior doctors who earlier applied for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) or tendered their resignation from health services. Meanwhile, another four children died in past 12 hours in district hospital taking the death toll to 30 in past seven days.

This may be mentioned that there has been shortage of doctors and staff in the district hospital for past three months. The hospital was ransacked a number of times alleging negligence on the part of the hospital authorities. A section of doctors started suffering from an acute sense of insecurity. Later, four doctors applied for VRS and one doctor tendered resignation adding to the woe of the hospital authorities.

The super of the district hospital Dr H Ari then took initiative and persuaded the doctors personally. Finally Dr R Chatterjee, Dr PK Majhi, Dr BK Pandirt and Dr TK Das again resumed their duties. Dr Ari said: “I’m thankful that these senior doctors have resumed their service.” On the other hand Dr R Chatterjee, a senior gynecologist, said: “We decided to serve the patients again in the interest of common people.” Notably, more than 50 percent posts of doctors are now empty in the district hospital.

The special secretary of the state health department Mr Sukumar Bhattacharyya has also welcomed the decision of the doctors. “Posts of more than 750 specialist doctors and 750 general duty medical officers are lying vacant in state,” Mr Bhattacharyya informed.  “We would speak to the doctors intending to opt for VRS so that they continue their services,” Mr Bhattacharyya added.

Meanwhile another four babies died in the district hospital taking the death toll of children to 30 in past seven days. Four year old Afrin Khatun of Bamanangram under Kaliachak died in district hospital this morning. Laxmirani Mardi (8) of Mahespur colony under Bamangola police station died last night along with Mr Bharat Mandal’s five days old Laxmirani Mandal. In addition new born baby of one Jharna Bibi also died this morning within sever hours of birth.

There was a high level meeting of the health department today at the district hospital to discuss the recent rise in children’s death in last week. The director of health services Dr Shyamapada Basak said: “In most cases the lack of nutrition of mothers has resulted in the death of children. The ICDS workers should concentrate on the matter.” “The professors of Malda Medical College would jointly treat the children along with the doctors of the district hospital,” Dr Basak added. He informed that special police protection is being contemplated in the children’s ward to prevent random entry and to protect the children from infection.

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