Anantnag: In a glaring example of the deplorable state of healthcare in rural areas, Primary health Center (PHC) Divsar is operating without basic infrastructure for the past several decades.
“No successive regime has bothered to upgrade this only health center in the area despite it witnessing a huge rush of patients. This may be the round the clock PHC for health authorities but the infrastructure here is no better than a medical dispensary,” said a local, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat.
Though a 24 hour PHC is supposed to be ten- bedded but locals say only four beds are available in the hospital. “The indoor capacity of the hospital continues to be same as it was at the time of its establishment. Authorities have not been able to raise its bed strength in four decades,” said another local, Ghulam Nabi. He said that due to the lack of healthcare facilities most of the patients are referred to emergency hospital Qazigund or district hospital Kulgam.
“Even for minor tests patients have to move to the private diagnostic centers or other hospitals,” locals complained. They said that the new building block sanctioned for the hospital five years back remains far from completion.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Showkat Ahmad Luloo admitted the poor infrastructure in the hospital and said that reason for the same is the lack of space.
“The hospital lacks space and that is why we have not been able to raise its infrastructure. Once the construction of the new building block is completed the bed strength will naturally increase,” CMO
said. He cited the paucity of funds as the reason for delay in the completion of the new building.