One doctor for three days a week at ‘new type’ health centre in Shopian

SHOPIAN: Patients who go to the New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) in Pinjura in south Kashmir’s Shopian district find little relief as only one doctor is there at the health centre and for only three days a week.
Locals said that the lack of a doctor for four days a week at the NTPHC was compelling them to travel the long distance to the district hospital of Shopian. They said that even when the doctor is available, there are so many patients waiting to see him that only a few are seen.
The NTPHC caters to about fifteen villages and heavy rush is seen at the centre when the doctor is there. Rayees Ahmad, a resident of Pinjura, blamed the apathy of the authorities towards the health of the people living in and around Pinjura.
Block Medical Officer of Shopian accepted that a doctor was available only for three days at the healthcare centre. He said that on the rest of the days of the week, a pharmacist handles the patients there.
He further said that he had already informed the Chief Medical Officer of Shopian about the matter.
Chief Medical Officer Prayag Singh said that every NTPHC had provision of only one doctor. “I chose the staff for the Pinjura NTPHC from the vicinity itself,” the CMO said in his defence. He informed that the doctor resided at a distance of one kilometer from the centre and the pharmacist belonged to the village itself.
He, however, did not comment on the presence of the doctor for only three days a week.