Motihari: If you want to see the plight of health facilities in Bihar, visit Motihari. For 50 lakh population, this district has one civil hospital, four referral hospitals and 20 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) but only one compounder, who is on contract.

The Nitish government is trying to improve the health facilities in the state. Motihari district receives crores of funds under the National Rural Health Mission, still there has been no appointment of necessary staff at the health department.

Since the independence, the appointed compounders, dressers and operation theatre (OT) assistants kept retiring but, there has been no new recruitments.

In case of operation at civil hospital, there won’t be any OT assistant to help doctors. Presently, the work of assistant is done by dressers.

Two compounders were appointed for Dhaka and Pakdidayal regions of the district, but only one of them is providing his service while there is no contribution from the other compounder, sources said.

There are only three dressers for bandaging and dressing of the patients after operations, while the civil hospital needs them round the clock.

PHCs in Sugaili, Harsidhi and Motihari have dressers and there is no one for bandaging at referral hospitals or health centres at other regions.

Asked about the problem, Civil Surgeon Dr Kameshwar Mandal said that senior officers were informed about the staff crunch many times but no directions were made in this regard so far.

Dr Mandal said, “The health directorate has also not taken any decision in this regard.” He, however, admitted that patients were facing lot of problem due to staff crunch.

JPN/Bureau