Handwara: Residents of Kralgund area in north Kashmir’s Handwara town on Wednesday locked the Community Health Centre (CHC) Kralgund in protest against shortage of doctors and facilities.
Sources said that a number of people from Kralgund and adjoining areas took to streets protesting against the Health department “after they found all the doctors absent from duty” and “no medicine available” at the centre.
“(ISM) Doctors are practicing allopathic medicines in the hospital which most of the times leads to the problems to the patients,” a protestor said.
is densely populated area and a large number of people depend on the CHC for treatment.
Sources said modern machines have been installed in the CHC but are defunct from the day of installation due to the shortage of technical staff. Locals, however, alleged that even power isn’t installed in most of the wards and if any patient goes for checkup in evening mobile flash lights are be used for his/her check up.
When contacted Block Medical Officer (BMO) Langate, Dr Nazir Ahmad, said that he has heard about locking of CHC but was in a meeting in Srinagar.
Dr Nazir said a trauma patient was referred to Srinagar from the CHC but the ambulance had left to lift another patient.
“The attendants of the patient then created disturbance and locked the hospital, otherwise there is no such problem,” Dr Nazir said.
“It is true that there is shortage of doctors in every area, but we have two senior doctors in the CHC who are working 24×7 and all the medicines are available in this centre, I also talk to my higher officials and hope they will send us more doctors and other staff,” he added.