With patient care in the local District Hospital (DH) getting affected due to lack of residential quarters for staff, both doctors and paramedics, the government allegedly remains unmoved. Even though the district administration submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the higher authorities, in which the cost for construction is mentioned as 943.5 lakhs, and the foundation stone for the quarters was laid down in 2014, the government has not been able to even start the work yet.
Sources within the Health Department and DH Rajouri told Greater Kashmir that due to absence of residential quarters in the hospital, patient care gets affected during the hours when OPD is not functional. "In case of emergencies, specialized doctors are not available right away as the doctors live in private accommodations in the town and on being called, take time to reach the hospital. This time, which they take to reach the hospital, takes toll on patient care," said sources.
They said that the doctors are forced to live in private accommodations outside, as there is not even a single quarter inside the hospital complex.
Sharing more details, sources said that a DPR for construction of quarters was submitted to the government but there has not been anything done yet. "A DPR of 943.5 lakhs was prepared by the Deputy General Manager of JKPCC on the request of Chief Medical Officer Rajouri and was sent to the government, but the government has just ignored the matter," said sources.
They divulged that the DPR was for 24 quarters, 12 quarters each for doctors and paramedic staff.
According to sources, the foundation stone for these quarters was laid on February 4, 2014 but work was never started. DDC Rajouri had written to the Commissioner Secretary to the government, Health and Medical Education Department and asked for the release of payment as per the DPR, but the government has failed to do anything.
"CMO Rajouri also wrote a letter to the Director Health Services Jammu and informed him about the whole situation," said sources.
The Official Spokesman of the District Administration confirmed these details. It is pertinent to mention that the overall project for DH Rajouri was of Rs 3636 lakh out of which Rs 3449 lakh have been released so far, while the remaining amount was retained for providing furniture and other items.