Milli Gazette Online
Al-Afia Hospital, built with a donation of Rs 10 crore by the Sultan of Oman, at village Mandi Khera in Firozpur Jhirka of Mewat region, has become a victim of depleting staff and inefficient administration. The Haryana government is planning to hand it over to private sector. Imported medical equipment and machines are biting the dust for want of operators, doctors, radiologists and nursing staff. The hospital has a capacity of treating 1,500 out-door patients, but lack of staff has resulted in healthcare services plummeting to the worse level. The hospital administration has failed in running this state-of-the-art hospital. For instance, imported equipment like CRM machine worth Rs 40 lakh has never been used for want of a stabiliser and X-ray machines are not functioning.
Doctors, nurses and radiologists from the heath department do not want to be posted to the hospital because of its rural location. Those who are sent here use their connections in the government and get transferred, says Civil Surgeon Dr DB Saharan.
According to Dr Saharan there are 12 doctors at the hospital but half of them are always on leave, and of the 24 nurses of the hospital, only two are actually on duty. There is no radiologist and only a technician is posted currently at the hospital.
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