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Lack of neurosurgeons in Barak Valley evokes concern

By Staff Correspondent

SILCHAR, March 5 - Noted neurosurgeon from the United Kingdom, Dr Christopher John Gerber, who has been visiting Silchar for the past many years, feels that the lack of quality neurosurgeons in Barak Valley is because of inadequate facilities in hospitals here.

In an interaction with the media during the launch of Jeevan Jyoti Multi-speciality Hospital in Silchar, Dr Gerber said, �Most countries in the world have one neurosurgeon for every 2 lakh people while in India the ratio is massive. Here one neurosurgeon has to address complications of over one crore people. Besides, most of the neurosurgeons are in metros and big cities. For the people of Barak Valley, the next neurosurgeon is available in Guwahati.�

In his words, lack of attention in building proper facilities is causing this paucity of neurosurgeons to attend to the critical issues due to which many people have died because of head injuries.

�There should be adequate facilities and goodwill in making the resources available for the larger interest of the people,� Dr Gerber claimed.

Meanwhile, noted orthopaedic surgeon Dr Rajdeep Roy, who is the chairman of the hospital, said, �The hospital located at Meherpur, which is the first of its kind in southern Assam, will be guided by the government norms and the team of 41 doctors from Barak Valley will cater to the medical needs of the patients of the region. It will have 24 hours emergency services together with some other vital departments which will be open round-the-clock.�

He informed that the OPD of the hospital will be open for people towards the end of this month.

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