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Govt docs prefer private practice? MCCH Anantnag conducts less surgeries than private hospitals

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Srinagar, June 03 (KINS): Already in news for bad reasons, doctors at Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) Sherbagh Anantnag have conducted less surgeries than private hospitals in the district during the last two months.

As per the official figures accessed by the news agency KINS, the doctors at MCCH Anantnag have conducted 486 surgeries (CS and LS) on pregnant women including 233 and 253 in April and May, respectively.

While the doctors at private hospitals in the district during these months conducted 786 surgeries on pregnant women including 381 and 406 during these months.

Most of the surgeries in private hospitals as per a source have been conducted by doctors who are serving at MCCH Anantnag. “There are 10 gynecologists at MCCH Anantnag. Most of them do practice in private hospitals in Anantnag,” the source claimed.

The source said the private hospitals were even not following proper COVID-19 protocol. “Recently a family of a pregnant lady alleged that doctors at MCCH Anantnag showed reluctance to see the patient as she was from red zone. But the same doctors do surgeries in private hospitals without even following proper COVID-19 protocol because there they charge a handsome sum for conducting surgeries. In private hospitals they charge Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000 to each surgery,” the source said.

Mohammad Shahid, whose wife delivered a baby at a private hospital in Anantnag said they were charged Rs 28,000.

“The surgery was conducted by the same doctor who also serves at MCCH Anantnag. Had there been facilities available at MCCH Anantnag, why would patients go to private hospitals,” he asked.

An official said the MCCH Anantnag lacks everything. “It has two old building one for OPD and other where patients are admitted, both have been declared unsafe by Fire and Services Department. Washrooms are in a dilapidated condition,” the official said.

Principal Government Medical College Anantnag Dr Showkat Jeelani admitted that some doctors of the MCCH Anantnag were indulging in private practice.

“The private practice is banned for senior faculty members. But I can’t stop others from doing private practice. My job is to ensure they remain available at the hospital from 10 am to 4 pm. How can I know what they do after that time,” Dr Showkat told news agency KINS.

“If government completely bans private practice of government doctors, I will be the first person to stop private practice of these doctors,” he added.

The Medical superintendent of the Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) Sherbagh Anantnag, Dr Mirji Indrabi said that those patients who come to the hospital are being well treated by the doctors. “We cannot stop patients to go to the private hospitals. My duty is to see that those patients who come to our hospital are treated well. As per duty roster all doctors remain available in the hospital up to 4, but what they are doing after 4 I have nothing to do with that, it is the job of government to look into it,” he told KINS.

The MCCH is associated hospital of Government Medical College Anantnag. It receives patients from four district including Anantnag, Kulgam, Banihal and Kishtwar.

However, the 110 bedded hospital craves for attention.

There is no ventilator available and the hospital has just one theatre with two beds. “The MCCH has one labour ward and no accommodation for doctors. There is no facility of digital X-ray,” the official said.

The MCCH Anantnag was recently in news after death of three pregnant women.

Masrat Jan wife of Riyaz Ahmad resident of Manzmoo Qazigund who died at MCCH Anantnag. Earlier, 35-year-old Ruqaya, wife of Javed Ahmad from Kharpora-Larnoo village in Kokernag died at MCCH, after delivering stillborn twins.

Her body was handed over to the family for last rites. A day after her test returned positive for coronavirus.

While Shakeela, 30, wife of Zahoor Ahmad from Salia village died allegedly due to delay in her treatment at SDH Seer. She was declared bought dead at MCCH Anantnag.

A video also went viral on social media wherein wailing family members were seen carrying her body on a trolley on the road. (KINS)

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