Anantnag: The Model hospital in Dooru area of Anantnag district is awaiting commissioning even after the building was completed five months ago. The locals say that the delay is becoming mysterious as the building is completely ready and staff has been allocated.
Notwithstanding the fact that the hospital took a decade to complete, it is astonishing for the locals that the authorities are not showing any interest to commission the hospital.
The hospital was sanctioned by the United Progressive Alliance-2 (UPA-2), while National Conference (NC) and Congress were in coalition in Jammu and Kashmir.
The hospital now has been completed at an expense of around Rs 11.50 crore and is a 100 bed facility. But despite completion the reluctance of the government to start the facility is baffling many.
Sources in the health department told Kashmir Reader that there was some opposition from the locals after government decided to merge the existing sub-district Hospital into the new facility.
“The locals were against the proposed move. They want the existing SDH to stay and the model hospital to be started soon,” a well placed source told Kashmir Reader. “Several attempts at inaugurating the hospital have so far been thwarted,” he said.
The locals said that they were promised a new Model hospital but not at the expense of the old one.
“The new hospital is located far from the town and one needs to cross an army camp in order to reach the hospital. Moreover, the proposal was not to merge the hospitals but to create an additional facility,” the locals maintained.
There was also proposal of turning the existing hospital into a Paramedic college, but there seems to be no headway on that as well,” former Dooru lawmaker and JK Pradesh Congress President, Ghulam Ahmad Mir said while urging the government to start the facility soon.
“Government needs to take a call on functioning of the hospital,” he told Kashmir Reader, “The hospital is ready and staff has been allocated to it. There should be no further delay.”
Director Health, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, is hopeful that the facility will be inaugurated soon.
“We are going to inaugurate the facility very soon,” he told Kashmir Reader.