POONCH: Member Legislative Council, Shehnaz Ganai on Thursday inaugurated Public Health Centre (PHC) Plera, in Mandi area of Poonch.
She also provided ambulance, purchased through Constituency Development fund, to the PHC in presence BMO and other health officials, Panches, Sarpanches and people of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Ganai urged the government to upgrade the rural medical infrastrecture. She said that more than 90% of the population of Poonch district resides in rural areas. She asked the government to ensure that the emphasis is laid on the expansion and up-gradation of health care infrastructure in the far flung areas.
“Government needs to implement a clearly defined policy with a set of guidelines that will aid in ensuring the sustainability of rural healthcare plans. This will help in attracting private investment in the rural healthcare segment including tele-medicine services, remote diagnostics, and operation of other rural health services,” she said.
Ganai said that majority of rural people die due to preventable and curable diseases like diarrhoea, measles and typhoid as the rural people have to travel miles to seek healthcare assistance. “The rural people bear the brunt of common and uncommon diseases and their complications due to the delays in treatment and neglect. Therefore, they deserve more attention, with the facility of PHC at door step and also the ambulance facility the patients can be timely shifted to other hospitals for better medical facilities, and this will definitely increase the OPD/inpatient and referral percentage in the area,” she said.
She said that healthcare is the right of every individual but lack of quality infrastructure, dearth of qualified medical functionaries, and non-access to basic medicines and medical facilities thwarts its reach to the rural population.