Budgam: The lone X-ray facility at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Narbal here in central Kashmir’s Budgam district has been out of order for the past three months, creating immense problems for the area residents.
The facility has been defunct after the sole X-ray technician posted in this PHC was transferred after just three months, and no one has replaced him as yet, hospital sources said.
The sources added that in August last year, the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered for the cancellation of attachments of all government employees for the ‘smooth functioning of administration’.
“Following that order, the technician who was posted in Narbal PHC was transferred. However, till date no one has come in his place,” the sources added.
“The machines have gathered rust now with the passage of time, and it (the rust) has rendered them useless,” they said.
A local resident said that the machines were allotted to the hospital a long time back, however, due to the lack of competent staff, they have instead been lying defunct. Simultaneously, patients are being forced to avail of the said facility in private clinics.
“In the absence of the facilitiy, the patients are asked to travel to private clinics or other government hospitals for major and minor X-rays. We have complained many times to the concerned officials, but our complaints seem to have fallen on deaf ears,” said an employee.
A patient who identified herself as Zaina Begum said, “Despite having the facility available at our doorstep, we are being forced to travel to Magam or Srinagar to get X-rays done.
“For a simple X-ray, we are being forced to pay Rs 500, 1000 and sometimes 1,500, in case of emergency,” she added.
Meanwhile, a local resident, Sajid Ali, said that the SDH is located along the Srinagar-Gulmarag highway, which makes it important as an emergency care centre as much as an SDH.
“Almost three-four accidents take place on this road monthly, and casualties are being taken there for treatment. However, because of the defunct X-ray facility, they are being shifted to Srinagar,” Sajid added.
Block Medical Officer, Magam, Syed Tahir Sajad said that the technician was transferred to CMOs office and till date no one has replaced him.
He added that the X-ray machines also needed repair because they have got technical snags now.
“We have requested the higher officials to fill the vacant post,” he said.