Bizarre: PHC functioning from a ‘shop’ in south Kashmir
Anantnag: In what can be termed as quite weird, a Primary Health Centre, (PHC) is functioning from a small shop at Gadool in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Even though this may not have been enough for the shell shocked residents the PHC is presently defunct as it continues to operate without a doctor being available there.
Locals said that eight years back the PHC at Gadool was functioning from a residential house where it was located after being sanction.
However, after several complaints of mismanagement the PHC was shifted from the residential house to a rented accommodation and started functioning in a small shop even though a new building was sanctioned for the same.
However, even after a lapse of over eight years, the sanctioned building did not witness any construction and the PHC continues to function from a small shop without even a doctor to treat the patients.
“Not even a basic diagnosis is being here carried out here as a doctor from nearby centre visits this place twice in a week,” Hilal Ahmad, a local resident said.
He said that the other employees who have been deputed here don’t even have a place to sit.
“How can a PHC function or the employees can perform their duties,” Nazir Ahmad, another local resident added.
“Mere first aid facilities and immunization of select vaccines on every Wednesday is carried out here. Besides, no other treatment or facility is available to the locals, he said, adding that the PHC does not have even a washroom facility in place.
The locals complained that two building are being constructed for housing the PHC but both are far from witnessing completion.
“In all the given circumstances it is the locals people who are suffering,” said an elderly man.
“We have been time and again informed the authorities about our plight but nobody takes our pleas seriously, he said.
He said that Gadool area is habituated by nearly 15,000 souls and they have been ignored by the administration as their healthcare needs have been ignored.
On contacting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Anantnag Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, he acknowledged that there is problem of health care facilities in the area besides adding that constant reminders have been passed to higher ups in this regard.
He assured that a doctor will be deputed there and all possible efforts will be ensured to complete the buildings which will house the PHC.