Medical services in government hospitals have undergone a paradigm shift with many even graduating into multi-speciality hospitals. Yet, acute shortage of doctors, nurses and sanitary workers continues to affect the quality of health care services in these hospitals.
Also, there are barely any nurses to take care of the babies being delivered at the hospital. Mostly, the house surgeons and interns pitch in to compensate for the lack of nurses in the hospital.
Shortage of nurses has also taken a toll on the super speciality wards of the hospital. “Many patients from even neighbouring districts come here believing that they would get better care with the existing super speciality treatment. However, they feel disappointed as there would be just one nurse left to handle more than five wards. Even patients admitted in super speciality were forced to move out to a private hospital,” he said.
Poor sanitation also remains a concern due to the inadequate number of sanitary staff to maintain cleanliness in the hospital. However, Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr MS Dhanabal said that there was no shortage of nurses in the hospital.
“Our hospital has adequate infrastructure. We have performed about 1,400 deliveries last month alone and of this, about 500 were cesarean. It would be better if there were some 50 to 100 more nurses. Still, we manage without any issues by roping in medical students,” he said.
Doctors in Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and Dharmapuri Medical College, too, echoed similar woes, with inadequate staff and lack of hygiene topping their list of grievances.