Wachi residents resent lack of doctors at health centre

Wachi residents resent lack of doctors at health centre
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CMO says sanctioned only as sub-centre

Shopian: A vital health centre at Wachi village of Shopian, founded six years ago, is in dire straits because of lack of doctors and facilities, resulting in immense problems to the inhabitants of the area.
The health centre runs from a rented building and has only two staffers including a chemist and one FMPHW staffer.
Local residents told Kashmir Reader that their repeated pleas to higher ups turned futile with no action on ground.
“We visited the offices of chief medical officer, deputy commissioner and several officials but nobody dared to sanction doctors or machinery to the centre,” Muhammad Sultan Mir, a local resident said, adding that the inhabitants have to run to Pulwama or Anantnag based hospitals for treatment.
More than a dozen villages in the area, including Safnagri, Darbag, Melhora, Wanduna, Wachi are dependent on the centre for healthcare.
The villagers said work on a new hospital building was going at snail’s pace for the last four years.
“There is no doctor in the hospital, they have deputed only two para medic staffers, how can they diagnose the disease,” Shabir Ahmad Bhat, another local resident said.
Demanding immediate sanctioning of doctors to the centre, the villagers rued that politicians come to village only when seeking votes.
They said that Wachi alone has more than 2500 households and around six thousand voters.
“Once they get votes, they put us on the mercy of Allah. See our village has been abandoned of every basic facility,” Manzoor Ahmad, another resident said, while demanding speedy completion of hospital building and allotment of doctors and machinery.
Chief Medical Officer Shopian, Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that the centre was not sanctioned as a primary health centre but a sub-centre.
“Government has provided funds for construction of building for new type primary health centre (NTPHC) but it is not sanctioned as of now,” Dr Rasheed said. “Under sanctioned posts, we can provide only two staffers for the sub centre as this kinds of centres have only two staffers.”
He added the government had released Rs 1.88 crores for the construction of new building and by the end of the year building would be ready for operations.
Asked about the large number of inhabitants in the area living without basic health care facilities, he said: “I can depute staffers only after sanction from government.”