Over 20 villages in Shopian’s Chitragam demand up-gradation of lone sub-centre

Over 20 villages in Shopian’s Chitragam demand up-gradation of lone sub-centre
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Shopian: The people from Chitragam tehsil of this south Kashmir district and its more than 20 adjoining villages are up in arms against government for “not implementing” the cabinet order of up-gradation of the sub-centre to new type primary health centre (NTPHC).
The residents from the area told Kashmir Reader that there were 1200 households alone in Chitragam and the available sub-centre is no way in a capacity to provide healthcare to a single village.
“How can a single sub-centre provide healthcare facilities for 22 villages in this tehsil headquarter,” they said.
Mubashir Ahmad Bhat, a local resident said “the up-gradation of sub-centre was approved by the cabinet in NC-led government but the PDP scrapped the order which has led thousands of people to suffer in want of health facilities”.
“The cancellation of the cabinet order was a political gimmick,” another resident said adding that “there are just a couple of employees in the sub-centre”.
“The sub-centre remains closed for most of the time. They (employees) have no official provision to provide services for the night which has also added to our woes,” he said.
Mubashir added that the people of the area have to visit the hospitals at main town Shopian or Pulwama if any health related issue emerges. “The children and pregnant women are the main sufferers,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian told Kashmir Reader that the centre has not been approved for new type health centre (NTHC) so the staff strength and facilities will remain as same of sub-centre.
However, the people of the area have appealed Governor to look into their problems.
“There is no political party now to create any hindrance; so the Governor must give us the health centre which we have been demanding since years,” they said.