Locals demand digital X-ray machine
BUDGAM: With the lone X-ray machine defunct at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) Poshker hundreds of patients from several remote villages of Budgam district have to travel to other towns or get the imaging done at hefty amounts from private labs.
The health centre catering to Poshker, Haripora, Dadoora, Dalwash and adjoining villages in Khag medical block does not have a digital X-ray facility, which doctors say is need of the hour. An old type X-ray machine available at the centre has been defunct for the last four months, locals and staff said. Moreover, the technician manning the machine has also been relieved from the centre.
“Dozens of patients from a vast area suffer daily as they are forced to go to government hospitals in Khag, Magam or Srinagar only for an X-ray or pay hefty amounts at local private centers,” a local resident said.
Another local resident, Shabir Ahmad, said that most of the patients from the area fall below poverty line and need health facilities free of cost.
Instead of improving the healthcare in rural areas, he said, the administration is causing more problems to local residents.
A doctor posted at the hospital, wishing not to be named, said that the hospital receives patients requiring X-ray on daily basis.
“The machine was provided by army decades ago, but has never been upgraded or replaced with a digital machine which is a must nowadays,” he said.
“Patients, especially critical ones, face lots of problems due to the lack of facilities,” he said, adding that it becomes very embarrassing for them when a patient requiring the test is sent back.
“But what can we do? Out of compulsion, we often refer patients to get the tests done from Khag PHC,” he said.
Another local resident, Imtiyaz Ahmad, added that even the X-ray technician at the centre was relieved months back and has not been replaced by anyone.
“This is apathetic of the government who never pay heed to pleas of downtrodden,” he said.
Locals also requested authorities to replace the outdated machine with a digital one to end their miseries.
CMO Budgam, Nazir Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that because of Moral Code of Code, no technician can be deployed at the health centre before May 7.
He, however, dropped the line, before answering further queries.