Building and machinery intact, Pehlipora hospital remains dysfunctional

Building and machinery intact, Pehlipora hospital remains dysfunctional
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Baramulla: For gaining political mileage, the leadership at the helm of state affairs announce opening of health and education facilities but rarely make serious efforts to make them functional. A classic example is a new type primary health centre (NTPHC) set up at Pehlipora village in Boniyar pocket of Baramulla district. The building of the hospital sans everything associated with the healthcare—doctors, paramedics and ambulance. For the past eight years, the hospital boasts two employees on its rolls, one amonmg them a pharmacist.
A local resident Bashir Ahmad recalled that the area had a health sub-center, which was upgraded to NTPHC in the year 2008. Consequently, a 10-bed hospital was established in a double-story building. However, after its completion in 2008 the health department neither sent any doctor nor other employees to run this new type health centre.
The health department decorated the building, installed an x-ray unit, new type dental machinery with chair and other wherewithal. However, the costly machineries are gathering dust as the hospital has not been made functional.  Worse, the hospital building sans electricity connection.
The Pehlipora hospital has a catchment of around 50,000 population, which is deprived of proper and accessible healthcare.
“We are compelled to go to district hospital Baramulla and other health facilities for treatment,” Bashir Ahmad, another local resident said.
In January 2017, the department issued orders to a doctor to run this hospital but he refused to take up the responsibility.
“There is very good infrastructure including bedding, water facility, toilet facility, latest equipments including fresh furniture available in the hospital but due to the shortage of doctors and other medical staff everything is unused,” villager Gulam Mohammad said.
A senior officer of health department in Baramulla told Kashmir Reader that the higher officials were not serious in dispatching staff to run the hospital. “We wrote our officials including present director health several times. They visited the hospital and assured the staff will be sent very soon. The wait is taking too long,” the officer said wishing not to be identified.
Director health services Dr Saleem u Rehman did not responds to repeated calls from this newspaper.

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