SRINAGAR: The Community Health Centre (CHC) at Hajin, Bandipora, has been without an anesthetist for the past four months, with the hospital unable to perform any surgeries since his departure.
Established in 1960s, the CHC used to conduct surgeries on Tuesdays and Saturdays until the anesthetist posted there was promoted as chief medical officer about four months ago, insiders at the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
In absence of an anesthetist, the surgeons at the CHC have been unable to conduct any surgeries, while the patients needing surgeries are forced to go to tertiary-care hospitals in Srinagar.
“At least minor surgeries were being done at this health centre. And it was beneficial to the patients from the nearby areas. But since the anesthetist left the hospital, we are forced to visit the tertiary-care hospitals,” Wahid Bhat, a resident of Hajin, located in north Kashmir, said.
“A replacement should have been arranged as soon as the anesthetist left, but his position in the hospital was left vacant. The member of legislative Assembly from Bandipora, Mohammad Akbar Lone, had promised us stars during elections, but now he is nowhere to rectify our problem.
“We approached him many a times and made him understand the situation, but he seems non-serious,” Wahid said.
Another resident Iqbal Malik added: “The healthcare system in rural areas in an eyewash. On the name of healthcare system, we have a few rooms without proper manpower or equipment.”
“Departure of just one anesthetist has made patients suffer. Had there been sufficient staff at the hospital, his absence would not have made much of a difference.”
When contacted, officer on special duty at Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, G M Chalu, said, “We need to see it.”