Zachaldara health center in shambles as concerned BMO ‘skips’ office

Zachaldara health center in shambles as concerned BMO ‘skips’ office

RAJA NOUMAN
HANDWARA: The government health services in remote Rajwar area of north Kashmir’s Handwara town are in a messy state with even block medical officer(BMO) allegedly not serious about his job.
People of Zachaldara alleged that the concerned BMO, Dr Fareed hardly remains in his office to mitigate the sufferings of the people and often remains away from duty for days altogether.
They said that he remained absent from duties after Eid and joined office at 2 pm on Tuesday.
The residents said that the concerned BMO even failed to frame a duty roaster before Eid creating problems for the patients who visited community health centre (CHC), Zachaldara after Eid.
The CHC, which is located just 9-km from Handwara town and caters to a population of 25000, was without enough doctors or para-medics even on Monday, the third day of Eid.
The patients had a tough time owing to absence of doctors.
“I was admitted in the hospital late on Sunday evening after suffering from acute pain and to my utter surprise only one BUMS doctor was present in the hospital accompanied by one person from the paramedic section. While we tried to contact Dr. Fareed (BMO), his phone was switched off,” said a patient angrily.
“The moment we entered the hospital, we felt as if all the waste from the entire area was dumped there, it smelled like a stable,” he said.
The doctors at the centre said that the cleaning staff of the hospital has been absent for the past six days.
The patients and attendants at the hospital asked the concerned MLA to look into the issue and wanted strict action against the BMO of the area.
Chief medical officer, Dr Muneer acknowledged that the concerned BMO joined his duties on Tuesday. He assured that he would look into the grievances of the people.

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