Lack of Sr Allopathic Doctors at Rangat CHC adds to health woes

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
9 Jan 2019

The groundwork of all happiness is good health. Yet, shortage and uneven distribution of qualified doctors have impeded hundreds of islanders from enjoying their share of ‘India Shining’. A similar situation has been reported from a crucial health facility in Middle Andaman. Lack of senior allopathic doctors at Community Health Centre, Rangat, for the past many days, has started taking a toll on residents in the Middle Andaman region.
As per reports, the Directorate of Health Services recently transferred two senior Allopathic Doctors from the Health Centre and posted two junior doctors as their substitute. However, villagers claim that the junior doctors are incapable of providing expert treatment as also deal with huge rush of patients at CHC, Rangat. “Shortage of doctors at the Community Health Centre here has always been taking a toll on villagers of Rangat and other parts of Middle Andaman. For a big population in Middle Andaman, the CHC has always lagged behind in providing efficient services. Villagers from extremely remote parts in the region are forced to return back to their homes due to the deficiency purely for administrative indifference. Albeit sanctioned posts, the UT Health Department has failed miserably to post two senior allopathic doctors for the Health Centre. Residents here are in a state of extreme unrest demanding immediate posting of two senior allopathic doctors,” said some residents of Rangat.
Unlike the government hospitals in State governments of the country, people in Andaman and Nicobar Islands enjoy totally free healthcare facilities from government hospitals. The Directorate of Health Services runs three District Hospitals, four Community Health Centres, Five Urban Health Centres, one AYUSH Hospital, 22 Primary Health Centres and many Health Sub Centres in these islands. Community Health Centres are bigger health provider units than PHC's being mid-sized hospitals with a staff strength of more than 35 staffs in each. Each Community Health Centre has 40-70 beds with more upgraded infrastructure as compared to PHC's. PHCs  are full fledged hospitals with a staff strength of about 25 staffs in each which includes Doctor(s), Nurses, ANMs, lab technicians, pharmacists, X-Ray technician and other support staff. Each PHC has at-least 10-15 beds, Operating theatre(s), Small Laboratory, X-Ray.