Rural population worst sufferer
Srinagar, Aug 08: Despite tall claims by the government for creation of new posts of dental surgeons across the state in all district hospitals and dispensaries, no such thing has been done so far.
Former Health Minister, Lal Singh several times had on record said that government had taken decision to create the vacancies of dental surgeons, holding the qualification of BDS and MDS of various streams. But till date no such thing has been done in this regard.
“The decision of creation of posts was very sound in nature as it would have cater to the patients who could not travel to the long distances to get treatment done and also the graduate or post graduate doctors would have been accommodated who are facing the wrath of unemployment,” an official of the Health Department told KNS.
The official said incumbent Health Minister Bali Bhagat should have implemented the decision taken by the former minister accordingly.
Sources said that the strength Of unemployed dental surgeons in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is more than 1300. “Every year more than 300 dental graduates pass from within or outside the state. From the last 9 years there has been no fresh recruitment of Dental Surgeons in the state,” one of the dentists told KNS.
He said that according to D.C.I. Recommendations- there should be at least 3 dental Surgeons in a district and subdistrict hospital and 2 dental surgeons in every P.H.C., C.H.C.
One of the unemployed post graduate dental surgeons while talking to KNS said, “Because of the non availability of the posts in JK state, most of the doctors are moving outside the state as a result the state may face a vacuum at one point of time.”
As per official data, every year around 200 dental surgeons’ graduates come out from the respective colleges and confront unemployment.
Meanwhile sources said that the rural population is not getting proper dental health care since there is only one dentist available for at least 20000 thousand people. “The numbers is far slightly better in the cities as there’s one dentist for every 8,000 people.”
Sources said that the government hospitals hardly have enough dental surgeons who can cater to the huge population. “There is a need to set-up a full fledged dental unit in every district hospital”. (KNS)