ISM pharmacist lone healthcare provider for several Pulwama villages

ISM pharmacist lone healthcare provider for several Pulwama villages
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Pulwama: An Indian System of Medicine (ISM) dispensary with a lone Pharmacist in Mughalpora village of Pulwama district caters to the health needs of around 15000 inhabitants.
Local residents told Kashmir Reader that the ISM dispensary has been working in the village since 2004 but lacks basic facilities and infrastructure, forcing the residents to rush to district hospital even for minor ailments.
Residents said the dispensary caters to the health needs of six surrounding villages as well which are Payar, Nowhara, Maspuna, Malpora, Tenghara and Takibal.
“A single pharmacist, who has been posted here on internal adjustment, is looking after the population of 15000 people in the area, “said Javid Ahmad, a local resident. The dispensary is running in a three room building.
“It has a couple of chairs and few racks of ISM medicine,” the residents said, adding that patients with minor ailments are referred to district hospital Pulwama.
They said that even for dressing of minor cuts they have to travel to other health centres.
A group of local residents said that they pleaded with the authorities for sanctioning the ISM dispensary along with posts for a medical officer, pharmacist, nursing orderly, auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) and a sweeper but their repeated pleas go unheard by the higher authorities.
District Medical Officer, ISM, Pulwama Dr Z A Shah said that they have taken up the issue with higher ups but the centre has not been formally sanctioned by.
“This is a temporary arrangement until it is sanctioned formally along with required staff it will not serve its purpose,” he said, adding that they have provided them a pharmacist on internal arrangement.