Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) has expressed dismay over the lackadaisical attitude of doctors and lack of basic medical facilities at Civil Hospital Tuensang.
CCSU in a surprise checking conducted at Civil Hospital Tuensang on January 4 learnt that out of the 14 doctors, only one doctor was found attending both indoor and outdoor patients on that day.
The CCSU in the process found three doctors absent from duty without leave.
CCSU in this connection directed doctors to report to their respective duties on or before January 10 and said the union would take its own course of action if the doctors failed to report for duty.
CCSU in a press release issued by assistant general secretary Alfred Lumpong and press and information secretary I. Tochi also urged the authority in-charge to immediately reassign all the doctors of Tuensang Civil Hospital who are sent off on attachment to other district hospitals/PHCs.
The union stated it was unethical on part of authority to send doctors on attachment when Tuensang Civil Hospital was facing extreme shortage of doctors and basic medical care.
CCSU also noted the hospital lacked basic facilities and necessary life-saving tools such as gloves, needles, threads, bandages, anesthesia, etc., which are supposed to be provided to patients in crisis .
The CCSU demanded that funds meant for such facilities/tools must be utilized properly.
Also noting that the hospital was running shortage in X-Ray technician and junior doctors, CCSU urged the authority in-charge to appoint one X-Ray technician and junior doctors to meet the immediate needs of the general public of Tuensang.