Indore: Hundreds of patients are referred to hospitals in neighbouring states from 10 districts in Malwa-Nimar region for post-accident treatment as district hospitals have 82 per cent shortage of orthopaedician.
The cumulative analysis of records from regional director offices of Indore and Ujjain divisions has shown that 38 of those 46 sanctioned posts in ten district hospitals situated in districts sharing borders with neighbouring states are vacant.
Of those 10 districts, Agar-Malwa, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratam share a border with Rajasthan, Jhabua shares boundary with Gujarat, and Alirajpur, Barwani, Khargone, Burhanpur and Khandwa share boundary with Maharashtra.
In several instances recently, the patients sustaining injuries in accidents were referred to hospitals in other states from district hospitals in those areas.
Interestingly, these ten districts have more vacancies than in the whole region.
In 15 districts of Indore-Ujjain divisions in the Malwa-Nimar region, there is a vacancy of around 77 per cent (56 of 72 posts), showed records. Regional director health services, Indore division, Dr Ashok Dagaria said, “The government has begun a process to recruit specialist doctors in the health facilities across Madhya Pradesh. The post of orthopaedics will be filled during that.”
The MPPSC is carrying out a process to recruit around 900 posts of specialists in the health department. Madhya Pradesh has 30 per cent vacancy against 7277 posts of medical officer and 44.25 per cent vacancy of specialist (PGMO) doctors against 583 posts, showed the annual report 2021-22 of the health department.