Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday expressed concern over poor oral-dental care facilities across hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir and demanded package for the unemployed dental surgeons.
President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said keeping in view the increasing number of patients in the specialty of oral health care, lack of human power and infrastructure, it is high time to create new posts for dental surgeons.
He said poor people are forced to consult quacks for dental ailments as successive authorities failed to upgrade the said specialty in terms of human resources and infrastructure.
“It is unfortunate that Public Service Commission (PSC) has not advertised any post of dental surgeons for last 10 years which has created a huge gap in doctor-patient ratio, unemployment and consequent brain drain,” he said.
DAK said that the number of unemployed dental surgeons in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to more than 3000 and they are facing stressed.
Dr Owais H Dar, General secretary DAK said that lackadaisical approach of successive governments to upgrade dental health care is responsible Hepatitis B & C cases in J&K saying that people are forced to consult quacks.
“The patients have no option in public sector and they fall in the trap of quacks, where they usually get infected with life threatening disease like hepatitis,” he said.
Dar said many of the unemployed dental surgeons have crossed the age limit and many are taking anti-depressants due to lack of job opportunities.
DAK demanded that the health department should take this issue seriously and announce a package for unemployed dental surgeons.
It appealed the authorities of the National Health Mission (NHM) to come forward and absorb the unemployed dental surgeons at larger level.
DAK requested Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu led administration to take cognizance of the matter and make appropriate measures for creation of dental surgeon posts and upgradation infrastructure in hospitals.