Crippling crisis of doctors in corona time, no initiative for new intake

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: September 16, 2020, 09:51:55 AM   

At a time when the state seems to be embroiled in an unequal battle with the rapid proliferation of coronavirus infections, the state's beleaguered health department is struggling with a crippling shortage of doctors. According to an authentic report from health department at present there is a shortage of at least 1100 doctors and this, exacerbated by the shortage of auxiliary health staff , is making the task of fighting the coronavirus infection extremely difficult. 

Sources said that in the year of late 2018 during the tenure of Sudip Roy Barman as health minister a large number of doctors had been recruited through Tripura Public Service Commission (TPSC). Though some of them did not actually join due to various reasons , most of them did join the service but they are still on fixed pay and their services are yet to be regularized with scales of pay and allowances. Early this year after the outbreak of corona crisis twenty four doctors had been recruited on fixed pay but on account of uncertain job prospects and in the absence of hope for regularization of service most of them have already quit. The problem is compounded by acute shortage of specialist doctors in various wings of treatment like ENT, Heart, Neuro etc. Apart from this, there is a more acute shortage of auxiliary health staff like nurses, technicians who run diagnostic machines or who help doctors in their tasks of treatment . But no initiative has been taken by the state government to make up the staff deficienny and this is seriously retarding the health services at the time of corona crisis.

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