Sopore: As the World Tuberculosis Day was observed on Thursday, the patients visiting Tuberculosis Hospital in Sopore had to endure a longer wait, with only one doctor available and the rest of the staff busy attending an official event in Baramulla.
The hospital was, however, decorated to commemorate the day, and a large hoarding announced, “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND – END TB”.
The hospital is one of the major tuberculosis centers in north Kashmir, where patients come from Baramulla, Bandipora, and Kupwara districts.
The availability of only one doctor left the patients and their attendants fuming.
“It is so strange to see that doctors have gone to attend some function instead of doing their job,” said Sajad, a patient from Baramulla.
Sajad said that he had been referred to the hospital from district hospital Baramulla of a chest infection.
“It’s already 1:30 p.m. and this line of patients is moving at tortoise speed,” he rued.
Zohra Parveen, an elderly woman, who had traveled from Bandipora was sitting on the floor waiting for her turn.
“I am suffering from a severe cough. I visited several doctors but to no avail. Now I have come here for treatment, but here they first refused to give me ticket as they said only one doctor is available and we have already given tickets to many, but then when I almost begged in front of them, they provided me a ticket, but I am waiting from last three hours for my turn which seems will not come today, I am old and ill too, but this hospital authority has lost the humanity and has left me to suffer more”
When contacted, the block medical officer (BMO) of Sopore, Dr. Sameer, said the tuberculosis hospital of Sopore was not under his authority.
However, District Tuberculosis officer, didn’t answer her phone, despite repeated efforts.