GANGTOK, 18 JAN:
The Health Department today responded to allegations leveled by the Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum about the quality of health services in West district.
SPYF, it may be recalled, has accused the department of not adhering to or implementing the rules and norms set under the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS). They had complained of lack of proper medical facilities and stated that they would undertake a protest march from Gyalshing to Gangtok on 20 Jan to demand corrective measures.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health Department, Vishal Chauhan, while addressing a press conference today, claimed that considerable improvement has been made so far at the District Hospital at Gyalshing in West Sikkim.
He further stated that this was a continuing process and that the department has been working hard to provide the best medical facilities to the people of the district.
He asserted that ambiguous allegations leveled by SPYF would demoralise doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who have been serving the people.
Mr Chauhan stressed that SPYF should point out exactly what the district hospital is lacking.
He added that SPYF appears uncertain and clueless itself.
“SPYF members have accepted that there is improvement in the district hospital at Gyalshing and then claim that the hospital is lacking facilities. They should to tell exactly what the hospital is lacking and make suggestions for further improvement,” he said.
About the improvements at the district hospital, he said work was underway to further improve the facilities. “
The process to install new equipment and facilities is underway and soon the people will able to take the benefit of these facilities,” he said.
He informed that a team from Regional Resource Centre for North East under the Ministry of Health had visited the district hospital in September last year and submitted a report. He added that the department had also called SPYF members to the survey but they did not turn up.
He stated that if the organisation was genuinely interested in improving of health services, they should make specific suggestions.
He also suggested that SPYF members can become members of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti and to contirbte to the betterment of the health services.
While detailing the changes and improvements already completely so far at District Hospital, he informed that five additional specialists - orthopaedic, biochemist, dermatologist, anaesthetist and ENT surgeon – have been posted to the district hospital and now the hospital has 15 specialists.
Likewise, three more general duty medical officers [GDMO] have been posted, which has increased the number of GDMO to six in the hospital.
He informed that there were only three dental surgeons at the hospital earlier, and now five dental surgeons are working in the hospital and the strength of the staff nurses has been increased from 12 to 44.
He added that all seven PHCs in West District have 2 MOs each and teams of specialist doctors from STNM Hospital have been visiting Gyalshing Hospital on specific dates every week.
He informed that the hospital has received 39 more employees under the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme and 16 Mid Level Health Provider at PHSC.
Mr Chauhan informed that the process to fill up the post of 53 specialists and nine super-specialists was under process at SPSC and after appointment, most of the specialists will be sent to the district hospital.
He informed that advertisements for one radiologist and one general surgeon, especially for Gyalshing Hospital, have already been issued and civil works for the installation of a CT Scan machine and a blood bank were on the verge of completion.
He further mentioned that provision of dialysis service has been approved by the government for the district hospital and work for a Trauma Centre at the hospital was underway other initiatives.