Residents of the hilly village say government ignoring their pleas
SHOPIAN: Inhabitants of Manlo and adjoining villages are lamenting the lack of healthcare facilities in the area. Villagers told Kashmir Reader that despite Manloo being a sanctioned model village, no primary health centre was provided to the area while the villagers have to rely on an outdated sub-centre with a single staffer and no diagnostic machines.
Many localities comprising of thousands of souls living in the mountainous area, according to them, have to rely on Shopian hospital for minor treatments.
“The ailments at many times turn chronic since we don’t have the access to vehicles or public transport to reach the Shopian hospital as our village is the last habitation in this mountainous area,” Jahangeer Ahmad Khan, a local resident said.
Residents also find the government scheme under which the village was brought listed as a model village, a mockery.
“They kept it on documents and didn’t provide us any facility, even not in terms of healthcare,” Bashir Ahmad Mir, another inhabitant said.
He said that even for minor scratches or minor injuries and headache they were forced to visit the Shopian or Pulwama based hospitals.
They said that a single paramedic staffer had been deputed in the single room sub-centre with no facilities at all.
“Even that room on second storey seems, will collapse someday, as it is outdated and not plastered inside,” a villager residing besides the sub centre said.
Villagers said that more than thousand households comprising of over 4000 souls live in Manlo village and there were more in upper villages.
They said the government was ignoring their repeated requests for the sanction of a primary health centre for the village.
“We were ignored by the successive governments for unknown reasons; it may be because most of the residents living in the area are economically backward,” Muhammad Ramzan, a resident from Khan-Mohala locality of the area said.
Chief Medical Officer, Shopian Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that he will look into the matter.
“Tomorrow I will check the present status of centre and, if need found, I will write to the higher ups about the availability of facilities there,” Dr Rasheed said.