Grievances Galore at First Health Adalat in Gulbarga

GULBARGA: The first-ever health adalat of the Karnataka Health Department on Tuesday exposed the state of affairs in Gulbarga district.
The health adalat was meant to help the government know how many of its health-related services and programmes reach people at the district and rural levels.
The adalat was held following a series of reports in Express on infant deaths in north Karnataka, particularly Gulbarga. Jewargi MLA Ajay Singh said, “The government must appoint sufficient doctors and pay them adequately. If they were paid satisfactorily, they would certainly go to villages.” Chincholi MLA Umesh Jadhav told Health Minister U T Khader, who chaired the adalat, that when there are no infrastructure facilities, how could the government expect doctors to stay at the respective headquarters. “Firstly, give them basic facilities,” he said.
MLC Allamaprabhu Patil alleged that government hospitals in the district sell medicines meant to treat snake bites to medical stores. “People would prefer to die rather than purchase these drugs at a high price,” he said. Patil asked Khader to ensure that government hospitals stocked medicines for snake bites and dog bites.
Basavaraj Malipatil, zilla panchayat member, alleged that at some primary health centres (PHCs) there was a shortage of nurses too. At times, people have to walk around 10 km to get medical care, said a villager of Bodhan village of Aland taluk.
A citizen told the Minister that doctors in government hospitals would give prescriptions without examining the patients and would ask them to buy medicines from medical stores outside the hospital. Reacting, Khader said the government was aware of this and would curb such practices in the coming days. He said the government has decided to provide `2 lakh to each PHC so that it could give better treatment to patients.
Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department Sivashilam, health commissioner Atulkumar Tiwari, health director Geeta Nyamagoudar and senior officers of the health department participated.
Later, Khader told reporters that the government has decided to take the service of private gynaecologists and pediatricians in the high risk districts. The government has decided to ask gynaecologists and paediatricians to provide service at least twice a week in taluk hospitals and community health centres.
The government would provide honorarium to the gynaecologists on the basis of every delivery. The government is ready to pay doctors more if they are willing to serve in rural places, he said. The Minister said that such health adalats should be held in all districts.


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