Jagruatha Mahila Sanghatane (JMS), Navajeevana Mahila Okkoota (NJMO) and the Karnataka Janarogya Chaluvali (KJC) had called for a Public dialogue in Sindanoor and Manvi Talukas in Raichur district Karnataka in July 2016.
Nearly 250 people, mostly Dalit women from 20 villages came together for a Jana samvada (Public dialogue) in Sindanoor taluka hospital to resolve long pending problems of the taluka hospital. This is one of the series of public demonstrations that they have been doing for reviving the taluka hospital to its fullest potential.
In the public dialogue issues related to basic amenities like lack of drinking and running water, filthy conditions, rampant bribe by staff including doctors were raised and discussed. Even though the District health officer and the Taluk health officer had been intimated in prior and they had agreed to participate, neither of them turned up.
Under pressure the Chief medical officer and staff of the hospital held a meeting with the Activists. CMO agreed that water and poor upkeep were problems and they will attend to it. He also said that out of the total 11 positions of doctors sanctioned only 5 are presently working.
Activists raised the issue of bribe by staff and doctors and to this CMO, said he has information about it but needs complaints on paper. Activists insisted that the Jana samvada itself was proofs that of bribe taking and he should bring it to the notice of his higher ups. To ensure that people don’t get confused between User fees charges and bribe, he said he would put up boards about cost of services.When the issue of Arogya Raksha Samiti was raised. He has agreed to put up names of Arogya raksha Samiti members. With reference to the staffing CMO responded that not many doctors get recruited even if they do, they don’t last long. This is a serious problem that even the district hospital is facing.