‘Have to travel 21 kiolmetres for minor complaints’
Baramulla: Residents of Hajibal village in Barmulla district are complaining of non-availability of staff at local health centre due to which they said they are suffering immensely.
The health centre is running from a rented room and caters to the village with a population of around 609 (census 2011).
The health centre has been rendered useless, according to locals, because of the habitual absence of the staff.
“With the ever locked dispensary, we are left with no option but to travel to Baramulla district hospital which is about 21 kilometers from the village, and which takes one and a half hour to reach if transport facility is available. If not then we have to reach hospital by foot and which takes almost three hours to reach,” Syed Imtiyaz, a resident of the village said.
“For a headache or even a fever we have to travel all the way to reach district hospital Baramulla,” he added.
Abdul Majeed, president of the village said, that the female staff members at the health centre were last seen one month back.
“From that day, no one opened the door of PHC,” he said.
Majeed added that a day before, a local resident suffered a minor heart pain, but due to non-availability of staff he had to be taken to district hospital “as we have no other option on the way to district hospital”.
Block Medical Officer Dr Farooq Sheikh told Kashmir Reader that the staff was sharing days with another health centre.
“We have designed a schedule under which the staffers attend their duties three days a week at Hajibal and three days at Drangbal, (2km from Baramulla). But we are likely to conduct a meeting in which we will solve this issue,” Dr Farooq said.
However, local residents contest the claim and allege that the staff is never available at the PHC, “not even for a day”.