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Two Doctors For 100 Kids

K. C General Hospital's pediatric unit is facing a lack of specialists. The government run hospital's pediatric unit receives over 100 outpatient cases on a daily basis but there are only two specialists to tend to them.

Along with this, there are also 10 to 20 inpatient cases as well as the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is also taken care of by the two specialists.

Furthermore, one of the two existing pediatricians is on the verge of retirement. “It will be difficult for one pediatric specialist to manage the entire unit. Immediate appointment should be done as it will take some time even for the specialists to adjust,” he said.

Dr Vimala Patil, the Resident Medical Officer who is also the In-charge Medical Superintendent (MS), said, “It has just been a month since I have been made the In-charge MS. Even I was shocked to learn about the extreme shortage of pediatric specialists at the hospital. I got to know about the situation only when I had visited the NICU on Tuesday when there was a problem with one of the infants admitted.”

It was also learnt that apart from the pediatric specialists, of the 12 staff nurses who were recruited on contract basis for the NICU, only four of them were working, with two of them in each shift. Other eight of them had left the job.

“Since the specialists and nurses are paid well in the corporate hospitals, they learn at our hospitals and leave when they get better paid offer. I have put forward a requisition about the need for more pediatric specialists to the District Health Officer, Bangalore Urban on Wednesday, we hope to get more pediatric specialists for our hospital soon,” said Patil

Reproduced from Deccan Chronicle