Minister says proposal for uplift submitted to government
Srinagar: The 50-bedded hospital established at Housing Colony Chanapora in uptown Srinagar is waiting up-gradation from primary health center to sub district hospital.
The foundation stone of the hospital was laid in the year 2012 and it started functioning in 2014. An amount of Rs 20.30 crore was spent on establishment of the health facility.
The locals say the process of uplifting the hospital was hampered due to political rivalry. “Though we have made several representations to the higher officials but it seems that the present government is intentionally turning deaf ear to our genuine grievances,” said a group of locals.
A four-storey building has been constructed but only ground floor has been made functional. The remaining floors are unutilized raising, the locals said.
“The sole aim behind the construction of hospital was to upgrade it to SDH to benefit the local population. But the objective has not been fulfilled,” a resident said.
The hospital is manned by a solitary doctor who is unable to coup up with the rush of patients. “The hospital owns an ambulance but it has never be put to use,” Suhail Khan, President of Abu Bakar Masjid committee said.
The hospital functions between 10 am and 4 pm. It doesn’t cater to patients round the clock.
Former legislator of the area Nasir Aslam Wani described it as ‘unfortunate’ that people were still suffering despite the presence of full-fledged hospital.
“There is no sub-district hospital in Srinagar area and people living in Srinagar vicinity still have to visit either SMHS or Rainawari hospital for even a regular checkup. If this hospital had been made functional at the right time by the present government, it would have catered to our own people, he said adding it was very difficult to raise funds for the construction of this sub district hospital but the present dispensation did not take the process to logical conclusion.
“I have no clue as to why the coalition government is not upgrading it to SDH,”Wani said.
The hospital lacks adequate staff besides a befitting infrastructure. According to official records, the former PHC used to cater around 1300 people per month but there is a huge rush of patients and with passing day.
Minister of state for health and medical education Asiea Naqash said there were many hospitals like Chanapora hospital in the Valley. Just construction of four walls will not make it a hospital. A hospital requires proper staff and equipment. We have not received any sanction from the government for this purpose though we have submitted a proposal,” she told Kashmir Reader.