Health care remains an unfulfilled dream for Wayanad natives

By Neenu Mohan

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For people of Wayanad, developments in the name of health care are just false promises, often a public stunt during elections by local leaders and parties. Recurring state and union budgets also fail to deliver favourable words over the long-standing demand for a Medical College in Wayanad.

Meanwhile, the general hospital here remains in pathetic condition, devoid of basic amenities and short of doctors. To make matters worse, the post of District Medical Officer in the health department remains vacant.

The health experts ask the state government to adopt the 'Kasaragod model' in Wayanad. In Kasaragod, if an official leaves the office, it is mandatory to find a replacement immediately.

The office of Junior Administrative Medical Officer (JAMO) under DMO also remains vacant. Currently, the deputy DMOs are doing double duty of handling both offices.

Meanwhile, there is a tendency for medical officers from other districts to request transfer after serving a short time in Wayanad. As a result, many projects and initiatives launched with much revelry face indefinite delay.

Further, experts pointed out that 50 per cent of health-related issues can be resolved in Wayanad if two specialist doctors are appointed in the Cardiology, Neurology and Nephrology departments of Wayanad medical college hospital in Mananthavady. Further, 80 per cent of cases that is referred to Kozhikode Medical College, can also be treated here. There is also a lack of Nephrologist to treat diabetic patients in Wayanad.

Meanwhile, the general hospital in Kalpetta lacks basic amenities compared to other general hospitals in other districts. To make matters worse, a lot of posts remain vacant. Further, there is also a demand to revise the number of staff as per the number of patients attending the general hospital.

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