BUDGAM: Inaugurated over five years ago by the NC-Congress government, the Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) School in Budgam is an empty two-storey building, without staff or students.
Established over seven square kilometers on a hillock in Khanpora, Budgam, the school is awaiting for the government nod to make it operational, according to the Director, Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem ur Rehman. According to a plaque installed at the building’s entrance, the school was inaugurated by former health minister Sham Lal Sharma, along with the then finance minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, and the district’s four legislators on 16 May 2012.
Apprehending “encroachment” on the empty building, the health department has turned the spacious premises into a store to stock fresh and discarded medical equipment. This reporter found that the school’s hostel – consisting of around 20 well-furnished rooms, a dining hall and a kitchen – is covered with a layer of dust.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Budgam, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Dar, told Kashmir Reader the school lacks permission to make it operational.
“ANM School has a building and a hostel but the school is not yet functional though it has been upgraded to GNM general nursing midwifery] level. There is no sanction for this school and there is no permission to make it functional yet,” he said, adding, “I don’t know why it is taking so much time to make it functional.”
According to him, as soon as the school is given the go-ahead to operate, the staff would be arranged as well.
Apart from FMPHW training for Female Multipurpose Health Workers, the school will be offering courses for such careers as Lab- Assistant, OT Technician, Dental Assistant, X-ray Assistant, Ophthalmic Assistant and Anesthesia Assistant, for which so far students have so far had to go to for private schools and outside the state.
District Commissioner, Budgam, Haroon Malik said he has raised the issue with the authorities concerned and that he expects the school to be function soon.