Protesters lock hospital gate to protest lack of medicos

Protesters lock hospital gate to protest lack of medicos

Ishfaq Reshi

Budgam: Protestors on Thursday morning padlocked the main gate of a sub-district hospital at Nagam village in Budgam district to protest the alleged non-availability of the doctors and other facilities.
Protesters told Kashmir Reader that there was no medical help available during night hours in the hospital. They also demanded posting a paediatrician at the hospital and installing a new ultrasonography machine as the old one was “lying defunct for the past month”.
“A girl who consumed some poisonous substance was brought to this hospital. She had to be referred to Srinagar due to non-availability of doctors here,” said Bilal Ahmad, a protester.
The protesters said that government’s assurance of improving the healthcare facilities in the rural areas “fall flat as patients are suffering immensely for want of the doctors”. Protesters demanded the presence of a doctor at night.
“Hospital lacks basic facilities and paramedical staff. There is no ultrasonography machine and only few clinical investigations are carried our here,” a local resident said. “For conducting basic tests, the patients have to pay money at privately run diagnostic centres”.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Nagam, Dr Iqbal, refuted the allegations and said that medical staff was present during night hours at the hospital. He, however, said that the paediatrician posted at the hospital is on an earned leave.
“People were demanding his substitute. I talked to them and heard their concerns and assured them that their concerns would be redressed soon,” he said. He added that the USG technician will join the hospital on 3rd May.

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