Rangat boils over lack of doctors at CHC

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
24 May 2017

Shortage of medicos, paramedics at the crucial health facility in Middle Andaman is taking a toll on the residents of the region. Despite sanctioned posts of surgeon, anesthetist, medical specialists, pediatrician etc, the Health Centre has failed to provide necessary services to the population over the past many years. Even an operation theatre at the Health Centre has remained defunct for lack of surgeon and anesthetist, leave alone the telemedicine facility for which a room has been specifically allotted.
“Shortage of doctors at the Community Health Centre here has been taking a toll on residents for the past many years. 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 depute staff at the Health Centre. For want of surgeon, specialists, anesthetists, the operation theatre, telemedicine facility has remained laid off forcing needy patients to travel all along to GB Pant Hospital at Port Blair. Residents here are in a state of extreme unrest demanding immediate posting of health officials, failing which  they have plans to stage campaign against the ruling government for having failed to meet the expectations of the people,” said some residents of Rangat.