MAGAM: The reconstruction of the Community Health Centre (CHC) of Magam, which was washed away in last year’s floods, has been left mid-way owing to shortage of funds affecting the delivery of healthcare services to the people of the town.
After floods completely destroyed the CHC in September 2014, the Budgam authorities started work on constructing a new building in the Magam town. However the completion of work has got delayed forcing the health officials to consult patients in the under construction structure.
Residents said that of the total 4-ward (40 beds) hospital, only 2-wards are functional. Facilities like sanitation and seating arrangements for patients are missing in the unit.
“There is only one toilet in this hospital. Also, there should be more seats for patients to sit while they wait for doctors to come,” said a group of patients.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Budgam, Dr. GM Dar told Kashmir Reader that they started providing health services in the under construction building as there was no alternative.
“As there was no alternative, we had to seek permission from higher officials to move to the under construction building. But the construction has been left midway due to shortage of funds,” he said.
Block Medical Officer (BMO), Magam, Dr. Tahir Sajad said that the patients are facing difficulties as the unit is lacking basic facilities like sanitation, proper road and seating arrangements for patients.
“Authorities should release funds as soon as possible. I want the centre ready for patients as many areas are dependent on this unit”, he said.
Officials of Police Housing Corporation (PHC), which is constructing the new CHC building, said that the construction would be completed soon.
“The building is in the final stage. However, there are many things yet to be taken care of like sanitation. Once the funds are released, we will ensure completion and proper maintenance of the building,” said Executive Engineer PHC, Budgam, Abdul Rashid Lone.