The death count in Odisha due to attendance by untrained doctors or healthcare staff has been the highest in the country.
According to the released SBI report, the nation-highest 36 percent of death cases in Odisha saw attendance by untrained health functionaries. Qualified doctors attended to only 15.3 percent of deaths in the State in 2019, a year before the pandemic hit Odisha. In comparison, the national average had been 18.3 percent.
After all, the SRS (Sample Registration System) 2019 report released in March this year reveals that nearly one-third of deaths (30.4%) are reported from State-run hospitals. Deaths in private hospitals in the State were only 18.3 percent in 2019..
As per a recent affidavit filed by the Odisha Health Department before the CJ S Muralidhar-led division bench of Orissa High Court, as of Dec 7, 2021, against the sanctioned posts of 5,838 general duty medical officers, there is a vacancy in 3,523 posts. Similarly, against sanctioned posts of 2,708 specialist medical officers, 1,211 posts are vacant.
In the year 2019, the State had recorded a total of 3.42 lakh deaths. The medically certified deaths in the year stood at a mere 43,191.
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