SRINAGAR: Nine years have elapsed since construction of Haba Khatoon Maternity and Children’s Hospital at Noorbagh area of old Srinagar but the hospital is yet to start the actual functioning. Even as the semblance of hospital functioning is visible, the locals are eagerly waiting for the facility to function in full swing.
Construction for 30 bedded Haba Khatoon Maternity and Children’s Hospital started in 2009 at a cost of Rs 11.54 crore with an aim to reduce the pressure on the Soura Maternity hospital.
“The work on the hospital began in 2009 and till now not much work on the hospital has been carried out. The hospital was aimed at lessening the burden of existing maternity hospitals in Srinagar but it eventually became a burden on the government,” said Bashir Ahmad, a local resident.
On their part, the officials in the health department say that four doctors and 25 paramedics have been deputed to the hospital.
“We treat the patients in general category. The expecting ladies are treated for nine months but at the time of delivery they are referred to either Gousia hospital or Jawahir Lal Nehru Hospital Rainwari,” an official at the hospital said.
A pregnant lady who had come for treatment at the hospital said that the health facility lacks some basic requirements. “I have to go to private clinics for conducting tests. The hospital looks like a dispensary,” she said without identifying herself.
Former speaker and incumbent Noorbagh legislator Mubarak Gul said that the efforts to make the hospital fully functional were on. “We have sent the proposal to the cabinet for the creation of different posts,” he said.
Speaking with the Kashmir Reader, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said, “We have recently sent a proposal to the government for creation of different posts and we are waiting for their response. The cabinet approval can pave way for making the hospital functional round the clock,” he said.
He said the functioning of the hospital is directly dependent on the funding from the government.