ANANTNAG: The new type primary health center in Koil village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is lacking even the dispensary-type facilities. Two years ago, the hospital was shifted to new building from the previous rented accommodation, but the lack of facilities is mocking at the claims of being a primary health center.
“There is no X-ray, ECG or a small laboratory for minor tests. The hospital has a single bed available but there is no electricity or water supply,” said an employee working in the hospital.
The hospital is run by paramedics only. There is no doctor permanently posted.
“A doctor comes to the hospital twice a week and for rest of the days three paramedics manage everything in the hospital,” said a local , Feroz Ahmad.
“New type PHC means it has to be better than old PHCs in terms of healthcare facilities but here it is a joke in the name of healthcare,” Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
The health facility was established in 2002 but 14 years down the line it continues to remain defunct. Established as a sub-health center and later upgraded to the status of NTPHC the hospital was shifted two years ago from a rented building to the newly constructed huge building block constructed in twlve years by Roads and Buildings department.
“When the center was functioning in a rented room, the authorities would cite the space crunch as reason for poor healthcare facilities. The situation is same despite upgrading the status of the health center. For us only the location and the signboard reading NTPHC has changed,” said a local Arshad Ahmad.
Chief medical officer (CMO), Pulwama, Dr Fayaz, admitted that the hospital has poor infrastructure. “The hospital was upgraded only last year and was shifted to the new building few months back. The building is still under construction,” CMO said.
“We don’t have the adequate facilities even at decades-old PHCs, not to talk of the newly upgraded ones. We are deputing a doctor to function the health center”, he said.