SHOPIAN: Absence of a dental surgeon and X ray services at primary health center at DK Pora village of Shopian is causing hardships to locals who are forced to visit other districts for the services.
Local residents said a dental surgeon at the PHC was transferred eight month back without any replacement.
“We wrote letters to block medical and chief medical officer of Shopian to post a dental surgeon months ago but till date neither they replied to our letters nor filled the vacant post of dental surgeon,” Manzoor Ahmad, a local resident said.
The X-ray service at the hospital was also dysfunctional, according to sources for want of some equipment costing Rs 60000.
Patients visiting the hospital said that they are forced to go to other hospitals even for minor treatments because of the lack of X-ray facilities at the health centre.
“Visiting hospitals of other districts not only costs us more but consumes a lot of our time even for minor treatments,” Parvaiz Ahmad Lone, another resident said while demanding speedy completion of X-ray facilities in the hospital.
He added that a general physician providing services in hospital also resigned recently but authorities haven’t post his replacement either.
The residents added that providing x-ray facilities would not only provide relief to the locals but will generate revenue for the health department as well.
Chief Medical Officer Shopian, Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that he has written about the dental surgeon and general physician to the director health.
“It may take some time, once the newly recruited doctors will be deployed, the problem about unavailablility of doctors will be solved because we have crisis of dental doctors,” he said adding that department has sanctioned more funds for starting x-ray services which will be started very soon.