By ISHFAQ RESHI
BUDGAM: The central Kashmir’s Khag pocket in Budgam district craves for adequate healthcare facilities even as the politicians have been promising them for decades.
The Primary Health Center (PHC) in the area caters to a huge population, mostly impoverished lot, of Khag and adjoining remote areas including Drung, Gugaldara, Suthrharan, Habber, Shonglipora, Sugin, Poshkar, Dalwash, Surish, Naserpora, Malpora, Sharan, Koker Bagh, Khanpora, Fojipora, Surush and Saidwan. However, the hospital fails to meet the expectations of the people due to lack of staff, infrastructure, proper space and key diagnostic facilities.
“Since its establishment, this PHC has not been upgraded despite the continuous demonstrations causing a lot of troubles to patients and attendants,” the locals told Kashmir Reader.
The Center witness ever-increasing rush of patients. According to official records, on an average more than 150 patients visit the Centre’s OPD regularly. There are not sufficient doctors and paramedics to attend to the huge rush of people.
“There is immediate requirement of upgrading this center into sub-district hospital,” a local resident said.
“In absence of major testing facilities, patients suffering from minor diseases to accidental injuries are referred to sub-district hospital Magam and other hospitals of Srinagar,” the residents said. “Most of the patients have to visit Srinagar hospitals for conducting the MRI and CT scan as the diagnostic facility are not available in PHC,” the locals added.