Special Correspondent

200 of 254 nurses posts lying vacant

First meeting of the Hospital Development Committee of RIMS held

Collector asks doctors to explain to patients the fact of lack of facilities in a proper way

SRIKAKULAM: The Rajiv Institute of Medicine and Science seems to have been afflicted with severe shortage of staff. Besides important posts of professors and doctors, there are large number of vacancies of other posts.

There are 254 sanctioned posts of staff nurses and of them more than 200 are vacant. Similarly 18 of the total 41 head nurses posts are also vacant.

The number of vacancies of other important posts like theatre assistants, pharmacists, radiographers, lab technicians, is 42. These have been brought to light at the first meeting of the Hospital Development Committee of RIMS, held on its premises on Monday. District Collector N. Srikanth presided over the meeting.

Shortage of staff was one of the reasons for not ensuring adequate medical care to patients, said Director of RIMS D.V.V.S. Murthy. The Director of Medical Education had already been requested to fill the vacancies, he said.

Responding to the observations of people’s representatives that patients were being referred to the KGH in Visakhapatnam, Dr. Murthy pointed to lack of facilities in super specialities as also doctors and said in such cases patients were referred to the KGH.

General surgeries are performed in the hospital. Ailments connected with ear, nose, throat, arthritis, were also treated here, he said. Under Arogya Sree programme 300 operations have been conducted, he said.

Mr. Srikanth advised the doctors to explain to patients the fact of lack of facilities in a proper way so that there would not be any misunderstanding. The Collector also proposed forming a trust to seek donations from philanthropists to ensure quality food to patients. He instructed the officials concerned to call tenders for catering service in the RIMS. The present contract ends by December. He also wanted steps for ensuring water supply to all wards.

MP Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, MLAs Boddepalli Styavathi and Misala Neelakantham, Municipal Chairperson M.V. Padmavathi, who suggested several measures for improving medicare, urged doctors to work with dedication and bring good name to RIMS. Hospital Superintendent M. Ambedkar, RMO Narasinga Rao and DM&HO Vijayasarathi attended the meeting.