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Nagaland short of 851 medical staff
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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The state health and family welfare department is presently facing shortage of 851 medical staff including 374 doctors and 221 nurses.
State health and family welfare minister Kuzholuzo Nienu stated this in a written reply to a question raised by opposition leader Tokheho on Monday. The shortage included 138 medical officers, 214 specialist doctors, 22 dentist, 221 staff nurses, 18 pharmacists, 116 lab technician, 18 radiographers, 18 physiotherapists, 5 physicists, 4biomedical engineers, 8 telemedicine engineers, 2 MRD officers, 11 MRD technicians, 15 X-Ray technicians, 15 OT technicians and 26 OT assistants.
The state requires 512 medical staff in the PHC but presently it has only 269 staff and a shortfall of 243 staff; requires 307 in CHC but have only 122 and falling short of 185; requires 719 in district hospitals but has only 296 and falling short of 423.
The minister while replying to supplementary questions, however, revealed that the existing medical staff were based on the 1971 census when there was hardly 4-5 lakh population in the state. With the quantum jump of the state population today, the requirement had shot up resulting in the huge shortage.
The state is partially supplementing the shortages by employing 112 doctors under NRHM. He said it was difficult to produce doctors overnight and expressed helplessness of the state which has but to continue to face with the problem in the near future as well.

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