Prolonged absence of doctors, staff, affects DHM service in Ukhrul

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By R Lester Makang

Ukhrul, November 5: Even as health care services in Ukhrul District have seen considerable improvement with the recent establishment of District Health Mission under the National Health Mission, the culture of dereliction of duty by medical officers and staff continues to put constraints on various objects of the mission.

Disclosing this to Imphal Free Press, an official of the District Health Mission, Ukhrul said that since District Health Mission (DHM) was set up in the district on July 10 this year, various spheres of health care here including Immunisation, organisation of health camps under different DHM projects have been streamlined by bringing rural populace under its major targets.

The official, however, rued that the prolonged absence of doctors and staff nurses who could not be immediately identified has severely constrained the unit from achieving its potentiality.

Alleging that these doctors and staff nurses attend/report only once in a while, the official said that “no matter how hard other staff try, continued absence of the concerned medical officers and nurses affect the overall functioning of the department.

“The Chief Medical Officer, Ukhrul already apprised the State Health Directorate of the matter umpteem times, but so far there has been no response”, the DHM official lamented.

Meanwhile, DHM, Ukhrul has expressed its desire for the government to designate local medical officers in all important positions so as to prevent dereliction of duty by doctors and also in the interest of provision of universal health service to the public of the district.

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