Upgradation of Machipora health centre confined to papers only

Lack of staff mars quality health care
Upgradation of Machipora health centre confined to papers only
The residents said that in 2018, authorities upgraded the status of Machipora sub-centre but then nothing was done with regard to implement the decision on ground. Special arrangement

Kupwara: The residents of Machipora and adjacent villages in north Kashmir’s Handwara Sub District have alleged that although the health sub centre located at Machipora was upgraded to New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) few years ago but that decision proved out to be a farce one and is confined to papers only.

The residents said that in 2018, authorities upgraded the status of Machipora sub-centre but then nothing was done with regard to implement the decision on ground.

“After the status of our health centre was upgraded, we were told that a separate double story building would be constructed, moreover staff would also be augmented but nothing has been done so far in this regard,” a local told Greater Kashmir.

He said that the present building of the health centre was in dilapidated condition, moreover only few employees were posted here which does not fulfil the purpose.

“Although a doctor was posted here but few years back, he was transferred from here and unknowingly his replacement is yet to be made. He is performing duty at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Chogal and drawing salary from our health centre which is sheer injustice with us,” said another local.

The residents said that for even small ailments they are forced to visit District Hospital (DH) Handwara for treatment, “had there been a doctor available at sub centre Machipora, locals would not face hardships,” they added.

They have sought immediate intervention of Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir and Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather for implementing the decision of up-gradation status of sub centre Machipora.

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