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Shortage of specialist doctors in Gulbarga’s taluk hospitals

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Sources in the Health and Family Welfare Department told The Hindu in Gulbarga on Monday that the absence of specialists in government hospitals resulted in preventable deaths.

The shortage of specialist doctors, particularly gynaecologists and paediatricians at government hospitals, particularly in the taluk headquarters is cited as one of the major reasons for the recent spurt in infant and maternal mortality rates in Gulbarga district.

Sources in the Health and Family Welfare Department told The Hindu in Gulbarga on Monday that the absence of specialists in government hospitals resulted in preventable deaths.

Except for Chincholi and Jewargi government hospitals, no other taluk government hospital has specialist paediatricians. These posts were lying vacant. Except for the government hospital in Aland taluk, no other hospital has specialised gynaecologists. In Sedam and Jewargi government hospitals, authorities were managing with two specialists gynaecologists working on contract basis.

Sources said that the district reported as many as 263 infant deaths from April till July end. During July alone 73 cases of infant death have been reported in the district. As many as 202 cases of infant death were reported in the urban areas of Gulbarga, with 49 of them being reported in July. A major reason for the infant mortality was asphyxia and 81 new born babies died due to this from April to July. Another reason for the deaths was sepsis, due to which 41 new born infants had died during the period of April to July. Sources said the rising incidence of maternal deaths was a cause of concern. From April to July this year, a total 15 deaths have been reported. Sources said despite the increasing infant and maternal mortality rates in the district, they were still below the State and national average.

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