Bandipora, Jan 20: Residents of Ajas in North Kashmir’s Bandipora on Wednesday complained that the government-run New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) in their area lacks basic health care facilities, thus causing them a lot of inconvenience in getting treatment.
The locals on Wednesday gathered outside NTPHC and highlighted their problems. Locals said that the issue of the lack of basic facilities had not been addressed for several years despite numerous requests.
“The health centre in our village is short of doctors and basic diagnostic facilities. We often need to go to the Bandipora town for simple medical tests,” they said.
They also alleged about the non-availability of power supply and well-equipped lab at the centre.
“The health centre has no manpower to tackle the rush of patients as only a few staff members remain present at the centre while the main posts for other medical staff are still lying vacant,” Suhaib Ahmad, a protester told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).
Suhaib said during medical emergencies they have no other option but to carry out patients on shoulders because ambulances can’t reach the health centre for the want of better road.
“The PMGSY department had started the work on the construction of the hospital road in 2016 but left it mid-way for reasons best known to them. Till date the road is still incomplete,” he said.
“I think our hospital is registered NTPHC only in documents but the facilities in the hospital are not up to the mark,” Abdul Hameed, 55, another resident said—(KNO)