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Health director visits IGM Hospital, admits shortage of medical officers

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BY TC News Desk

Agartala, November 12: The director of the health department, Dr. Supriya Mallik, visited the IGM Hospital on Sunday morning, after a report of a patient’s death due to the negligence of the security guards and doctors was published in Syandan newspaper and broadcast in Syandan TV on Friday night. The director inspected the hospital and interacted with the media, admitting that there is an acute shortage of medical officers in the state hospitals.

The report claimed that an elderly man named Shamu Mia died in the capital’s Chandrapur area after he was denied treatment by the security guards and doctors of the IGM Hospital. The director said that he had seen the allegation in the newspaper and had spoken to the security guard reform officer named Sis about the matter. He said that action will be taken to terminate the contract of the security company, as they had failed to provide proper service. He also said that the ward masters of the hospital were grossly negligent, as they had allowed twenty AC pipes to be stolen from the hospital in the past days. He said that the OT of the G Plus 2-Building had been closed for 20 days, but he did not reveal the reason for it. He said that this news was not known to him.

The director also said that there are 1040 medical officers as specialists in the state, but 200 of them are on different leaves and 200 of them are doing specialist work. As a result, the health services of the state are running with 600 medical officers. He said that doctors could not be provided in PSCs and there is a severe shortage of medical officers in Ranirbazar, Narsingarh and Mohanpur. He admitted that the management of the state’s second referral Hospital was very weak, despite having adequate number of medical officers. He said that action would be taken against those who had weakened the management and that he would hold a meeting with the hospital medical superintendent Debasree Debbarman and other officials soon.

The director said that he had observed many errors during the inspection and that he had found a total of 50 errors. He said that he would talk to the government quickly about them. He also wished everyone a happy Diwali.

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