Gangtok: Sikkim Health authorities were on Saturday advised to improve the functioning of the hospitals in the state and also to improve their monitoring.
The Report number -1 of Girish Kumar Murmu, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, subsequent to audit of select district hospitals has recommended a few important steps in the interest of patients.The authorities have been asked to allocate resources to hospitals considering the patient priorities and ways consistent with the requirements of the patients.
The existing monitoring system needs to be given a new and improved form.
Interestingly the CAG team interviewed 94 patients, who testified regarding the well guarded and secure enclosures in the hospitals. Out of 116 patients interviewed about availability of medicines in hospitals, only 3% admitted to prescribed medicines being available in the hospital pharmacies. While 30% patients said prescribed medicines were never provided, and 57% patients said medicines were provided on a few occasions only.
The state is expected to remain vigilant about the doctor-patient ratio in the hospitals. The average patient per doctors per day was 22, whereas in Gayzing it was against the norm of 20 patients per day, per hour.