In 21 months, govt couldn’t replace hospital’s defunct USG machine

In 21 months, govt couldn’t replace hospital’s defunct USG machine

Baramulla: Nearly two years after a flashflood hit the Public Health Centre at Boniyar here, the government is yet to replace the destroyed ultrasonography machine of the hospital.
In September 2014, a flashflood in a stream caused damage to the health centre’s building and machines. It took the staff several weeks to put things back in order, but the hi-tech USG machine could not be resurrected.
Since then, the government hasn’t provided the hospital with a new machine, even as the patients have been facing inconvenience.
“Due to unavailability of the USG machine we are forced to go to other hospitals or to District Hospital Baramulla, which is more than 30 kilometers away,” Mohammad Hussain Khan, an attendant, told Kashmir Reader.
The hospital caters to about 30 villages located close to the Line of Control. And the villagers are completely dependent on the health centre for healthcare facilities.
The villagers who spoke with Kashmir Reader demanded a fresh USG machine for the hospital.
The block medical officer (BMO) Boniyar, Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, said they have sent an official letter to the Health Department for a new machine.
“We hope they will send us a new one soon. Even doctors are facing problems due to the unavailability of USG facility,” he said.