BUDGAM: The continued strike by the employees of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has hit the functioning of health facilities in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
District hospitals, sub district hospitals, community health centers and even medical aid centers have become defunct due to the strike call from the NRHM employees. The strike call has frozen the services of 456 employees working in different health facilities across the district.
The patients and their attendants are facing the brunt of the continuous strike call. Indoor patients and other patients coming for treatment to various government hospitals of the district are facing problems as according to them majority of the doctors employed by the health department have been engaged under NRHM scheme.
The NRHM employees are demanding regularization of their services and framing a proper job policy. They have threatened to call a state wide strike.
Patients complain that they were facing problems as causality departments of the hospitals have been locked whereas regular doctors who are less in number are managing the show throughout the district.
Long queues of patients were seen in district hospital Budgam and in most of the peripheral health institutes of the district.
President NRHM Budgam Fayaz Ahmad said, “I am a government employee but to my department and officers I am nobody as the NRHM staff is yet to get the status of a permanent government employees.”
“We have 456 total employees working in Budgam including 37 MBBS doctors, 2 gynecologists, 36 ISM doctors, 37 RBSK (ISM) doctors” he said.
“Our demands are genuine, the government must come forward and sort out the issue,” he said.