The ongoing strike of National Health Mission (NHM) employees has hit the patient care badly at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Dadsara in this south Kashmir area.
"Only one dentist out of all doctors, lab technicians and nurses, is available at PHC Dadsara," locals told Greater Kashmir.
They said in absence of doctors they are forced to take patients to Sub-district hospital Tral for even for minor ailments. They said the PHC caters to Dardsara and ten others villages, including Noorpora, Nowpora, Lariyar and Chandrigam. The expecting mothers are facing immense inconvenience due to dearth of doctors particularly a specialist gynecologist. "The expecting mothers most of the time develop complications due to absence of doctors particularly during night hours," said a villager Shabir Ahmed.
The Chief Medical Officer Pulwama , Dr. Talat Jabeen, admitted that the NHM strike has badly affected patient care in the district.
"Nearly 42 NHM doctors in the district are on strike. The inconvenience to the patients is obvious. I will approach the concerned BMO to ensure the presence of other doctors in the hospital." she added.