Kashmir has only 18 specialists for 11, 80,000 child population

Srinagar, July 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, there are just 18 child specialists and more than 550 infants and neonates have died in just one hospital due to negligence, since January this year.The official documents say that there are 30 health institutions across the Valley where there are no paediatricians at all, while four others have only half a number of children specialists.

In all, there is a sanctioned strength of 51 paediatricians for a children population of 11,78,700, but only 18 of them are in place.

In Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts with a cumulative children population of 4,19,149, there are 16 vacancies of paediatricians in 15 district hospitals, sub-district hospitals and community health centers.

Similarly, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and Kulgam districts have seven out of 15 health institutes where no children specialists are posted.

The situation is no different in Budgam and Ganderbal districts. While Budgam with the children population of 140,404 has six out of nine institutions without paediatricians. Ganderbal with a 50,551 children population has half of the institutions without child specialist.

In Srinagar’s JLNM hospital at Rainawari, there is a vacancy for one paediatrician.

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