Construction work on Health Center left midway in Magam

Javid Ali

Magam: Notwithstanding the government claims of improving the health care facilities across the state, the authorities have left the construction work of a 20-bed Primary Health Center (PHC) in Peth Makhama, Budgam midway.
The construction work on the PHC building was started in 2011; however, after building few blocks, the authorities stopped the work in January this year for unknown reasons.
The hospital was sanctioned under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme and the construction work was entrusted to Police Housing Corporation.
According to locals the building was to come up at a place that was initially a playground.
Aijaz Ahmad Parray, a local, told Kashmir Reader that there was a playground at this site. “But when the proposal to set up a health centre came in, we gave away the land to the government without any resistance.”
“We hoped that it would be made functional within a year, but construction was left midway and now what stands at this site is just a dilapidated building,” he added.
“We have to carry our patients to sub-district hospital Magam,” the locals said.
The authorities, however, said that the work on the health care centre was stopped due to shortage of funds.
“The work was stopped in January this year due to shortage of funds. The basic construction work is almost complete and we are awaiting more funds to complete the building,” Block Medical Officer, Dr Tahir Sajad, told Kashmir Reader.