Andhra Pradesh

Collector slams govt. hospitals

‘Surgeries, deliveries not being performed despite having all facilities’

Expressing ire over the functioning of the health department, District Collector K. Bhaskar questioned why government hospitals have been unable to perform deliveries, surgeries and offer other major medical services to patients, though provided with all adequate facilities.

“Negligence of duty staff at PHCs, CHCs and Area Hospitals is the reason behind the public’s increasing dependence on private hospitals,” Mr. Bhaskar said.

Mr. Bhaskar asked health officials why they were referring cases to KGH, when Agency hospitals have all facilities.

“Even in hospitals which have gynaecologists and surgeons, the number of deliveries and surgeries are shown as zero,” the Collector said.

“Though facilities are provided in area and district hospitals, their performance is poor,” Mr. Bhaskar said. He also expressed displeasure over the shortage of several vaccines.

Society meetings

Mr Bhaskar instructed District Coordinator for Hospital Services (DCHS) Mr. Nayak to conduct Hospital development society meetings at district and area hospitals on first Friday of every month. He also insisted on conducting of meetings by including doctors and other staff to discuss about medical services and diagnostic tests. He also ordered the officials to take measures to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

Biometric attendance

The District Collector ordered the setting up of high-resolution CCTV cameras at the entrance of every government hospital. He said that the hospitals should have a display board with details of doctors and staff and instructed officials to install biometric attendance and also to check at what time the doctors, paramedical staff, lab assistants, nurses and other staff are coming and leaving from the hospitals. He submit the attendance reports on a timely basis.

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