SHOPIAN: A vital primary health centre at Tukroo village of Shopian, meant to cater to the health care needs of about 30 villages, is running dry.
Inhabitants of the area accuse the government of delaying the development of a hospital intentionally. They said that the hospital has only two sanctioned doctors and no machinery. “There is no X-ray machine, no lab and no staffers who would do the work,” said Ghulam Muhammad, a local.
Villagers said that despite over Rs 7 crore being spent on it, the hospital is of no use due to the lack of doctors. “The hospital is a vital health centre, but it has not been brought under the night services provision, adding to people’s woes,” said Showkat Ahmad, another local, adding that their problems have remained unchanged even after the construction of the hospital building.
Among its facilities, the hospital has a huge building, an Indian System of Medicine doctor, a dental surgeon, a dental assistant and a Female Multipurpose Health Worker. Locals said that the hospital structure has a half-dozen beds and a huge, empty building. They said that there is no other health centre in a radius of more than 30 villages.
“When we get any medical emergency at odd hours, we are forced to shift patients to the Pulwama hospital. For that purpose, we need an ambulance, but this PHC does not have even a single vehicle for ferrying patients to Srinagar or neighbouring district hospitals, ” a village elder from Tukroo said, adding that the hospital has a single post of paramedical staff.
Other villagers added that their repeated demonstrations were virtually put into bins by the higher authorities and thousands of people residing in this huge belt are continuesly facing severe problems. “A gynaecologist is the need of the hour here, our women folk face too many problems in reaching the district hospital, but unfortunately that too has no facilities and huge rush,” a local resident said, adding that a doctor for the purpose should be deputed very soon for the hospital so that women folk would not suffer any more.
Chief Medical Officer, Shopian, Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that he has projected the demand for sanctioning a hospital with night services to the government. “We recently took over the building, and yet only two doctors were sanctioned there. Within a week or so, one more doctor will be deputed for the hospital,” he said.
Dr Rasheed said that after the night services, an X-ray machine will be also brought here. “Soon, there would be an ambulance,” he added. He said that the government has recently appointed about a thousand doctors and with their deputation, the problem will be solved to a large extent.