Anantnag: More than six thousand people in Dialgam area of Anantnag district have been suffering on the health care front as the lone Government Allopathic Dispensary (GAD) catering to their needs does not have even a single doctor available.
A New Type Public Health Centre (NTPHC) is being constructed- by Police Housing Corporation-in the area but the work has been lingering now for more than seven years-and its completion is nowhere in sight.
The Allopathic dispensary is a shabby, cramped two room arrangement devoid of any facilities whatsoever. Even the machinery available at the facility is put to no use for lack of space in the rented accommodation.
“Leave alone facilities like night staff, a testing centre or an ambulance, the dispensary is even devoid of a doctor,” local Auqaf Committee President, Irfan Amin Sheikh told Kashmir Reader.
He said that in absence of a PHC such facilities would have made the dispensary of at least some use. The other locals Kashmir Reader talked to said that the dispensary was being run by a Medical Assistant, a nurse and a couple of nursing orderlies.
“Irony is that the dispensary is a central immunization centre for the whole area,” Ishfaq Ahmad, a local engineer told Kashmir Reader.
Besides, the village being a centre for other adjoining villages as well makes the number of people dependent on the dispensary swell.
“Only Dialgam has a population of over 6000 and if you add some adjoining villages which remain dependent on the dispensary, the number of people without health care facility swells up to 10,000,” the locals said.
The worst fear, the locals said, was to fall ill in a place like Dialgam.
Sheikh said that the residents have taken several representations before the Deputy Commissioner and the concerned Health officials.
“But the authorities seem to have chosen not to listen to us and that’s what they have been doing for so many years despite repeated, hollow assurances,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag, Dr Fazil Kochak, acknowledged that there was no doctor available at the dispensary in Dialgam.
“But the issue will be sorted out in a month’s time I hope. We will soon be taking possession of the building constructed by the Police Housing Corporation and hopefully proper staff for the NTPHC will also be assigned soon,” Kochak said.
Till then the people in the area continue to suffer.