Jowai, March 1: The lack of staff members in the Lumshnong PHC is severely affecting the ability of this health centre to live up to its mandated role of catering to the medical needs of the people residing in the area.
This problem was brought to the fore today during an inspection of the PHC which was conducted by the Meghalaya People United Front (MPUF) East Jaintia Hills District.
In the interaction with the doctor in charge of the PHC, the delegation of the MPUF was informed that the PHC is presently functioning with only one doctor even though it should be doing so with two doctors in service. The doctor in charge also informed that the number of nurses posted in the PHC is far below the required staff strength.
“We are facing manpower problems even with regard to the caretaker. We have one person holding this post at present when we should be having two. The person who is holding this post is differently abled,” the doctor informed.
In light of these revelations, the MPUF has urged upon the state government to address this problem by ensuring optimal staff strength at this PHC.
“This is even more important when we consider that we have a national highway running through this area and the number of accidents which occur on this road from time to time,” the MPUF EJHD general secretary, Kmenlang Siangshai said.
Informing that the MPUF has received several complaints regarding the manner in which the staff members of this PHC deal with patients, Siangshai also urged the government to ensure that the staff members undergo etiquette training so that they are better equipped in handling ailing people and their stressed family members who accompany them to the PHC.