Staff Reporter

Hospitals struggle to cope with staff shortage as many fall ill

Thiruvananthapuram: As viral fever cases continue to be reported in the district, the district health administration is struggling to find adequate number of doctors to be posted in various health care institutions.

Doctors and health staff posted in many fever-affected areas are down with viral fever. This has posed a problem in mini primary health centres (PHC) in the remote parts of the district, where there is only one doctor to attend to patients, the District Medical Officer, Kumari G. Prema said.

As the seasonal viral fever is highly contagious, many doctors doing ward duties in hospitals have been falling sick. Health officials said that a doctor from the nearby block PHCs, where there are more doctors, is asked to go to the mini PHCs in such situations. But block PHCs too are facing a shortage of doctors.

A health mela is being organised in Nedumangad on Saturday as part of an ‘Aarogyakeralam’ initiative to hold medical camps with speciality doctors. On Friday, a total of 2,826 viral fever cases were reported from the district, including 13 cases of suspected chikungunya. Medical camps were organised at Vithura, Pangappara, Peringammala, Chemboor, Kunnathukaal, and Maranellore and Poonthura. Camps are being organised at the tribal belt in Kallara and Amboori on Saturday.

Health workers said that large number of tribals were down with viral fever and were in penury.