By Express News Service
BARIPADA: The acute shortage of staff at the Employees State Insurance (ESI) dispensary in Baripada’s Palabani has adversely affected health care services rendered to the employees registered under it. Only four staff – a doctor, a nurse, an attendant and a sweeper are all that the dispensary functions with.
The 36-year-old dispensary set up in 1986 was meant to provide health care facilities and financial benefits to employees registered under its insurance scheme. However currently it is in a bad shape.
More than 8,000 employees along with their family members across 26 blocks of the district who are dependent on the ESI dispensary expressed their discontentment over the poor services. Being ESI card holders, a sum of Rs 300 to Rs 450 is deducted from their monthly salary.
Many of them belonging to Rairangpur, Karanjia and Kaptipada sub-divisions complained of being unable to get the benefits as the dispensary was far away from their locations. They demanded at least three dispensaries in their areas.
On the dearth of staff, the doctor of the dispensary Manoj Kumar Tudu said, “I have to do all the official work, submit documents and referral orders of patients to the headquarters office