Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:
The depleting health care service in government-run facilities was apparently mirrored by the statement of Health and Family Welfare Minister in Odisha Assembly here today.
In a reply to BJP MLA Dilip Ray’s question, Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak informed the House that there are 4877 Odisha Medical and Health Services Cadre approved posts in government hospitals of which 1085 posts are lying vacant. Besides, 272 out of 598 homeopathic medical officers’ posts and 199 out of 689 ayurvedic medical officers’ posts are lying vacant.
As many as 231 teaching and 462 non-teaching posts are yet to be filled up in three government medical colleges in the state. In the three government ayurvedic colleges, 78 teaching and 19 non-teaching posts are lying vacant. This apart, 95 teaching and 29 non-teaching posts are vacant in four government homeopathic colleges in the state, Nayak told the House today.
In his reply, the Minister further said: 160 pharmacist, 149 junior laboratory technician, 60 junior radiographer and 1161 attendant posts are also lying vacant in government hospitals across the state.
“The state government and the concerned authorities are trying their level best to fill up the vacant posts,” Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said.
The health service in the state is badly hit due to the doctors’ and allied posts lying vacant in the government medical colleges. This apart, the absenteeism of several doctors due to the faulty and biased policy of the government has made the situation worse. People in tribal dominated and border districts are deprived of the health facilities owing which many are facing untimely deaths. In view of this, the state government should initiate steps to fill up the posts in a priority basis, the Rourkela legislator demanded.