Govt healthcare services in Rajouri ailing with accommodation crunch

The government healthcare sector in Rajouri is in a bad shape due to shortage of staff as well as accommodation.

Out of 275 healthcare units in the district 125 are running out of rented buildings not always suitable enough for medical care services.

Official details accessed by Greater Kashmir from health and medical education department clearly reveals a crisis of accommodation for running medical services in the district, contrary to government claims of upgrade in health sector.

Out of 125 health institutions run from rented buildings, 25 are in Manjakote medical block, 30 in Darhal, 27 in Kandi, 19 in Kalakote, 14 in Nowshera and 10 in Sunderbani.

Besides, there are 37 such health institutions across Rajouri district which are being run from government buildings still under construction.

Official sources said that for a number of under-construction buildings work was stayed by court while a few others were stuck due to financial constrains.

Officials also say that in some case where new buildings were ready health centres were not shifted there because of delay in handover-takeover between contractors and health department.

The Chief Medical Officer for Rajouri, Dr Sunil Sharma admitted many health centres were run from rented buildings.

“Higher authorities stand informed about this,” Dr Sharma said.