Kupwara villagers protest demanding basic healthcare

Residents of Awoora in the frontier Kupwara district Tuesday staged a protest demanding basic healthcare facilities at centre that caters to 30000 people living in the area.

Residents said the New Type primary health centre (PHC) at Awoora is short of doctors and basic diagnostic facilities.

“The PHC is not more than a sub-centre, only one doctor is posted here that too a Unani with BUMS,” a resident said.

The residents are unimpressed with the properly painted PHC but lacks basic facilities like machines for tests, X-Ray or USG, they say, adding only an ECG machine can be found in the healthcare facility.

“The testing machines are the basic needs, if anyone gets injured here for a simple x-ray we have to take him to Kupwara district hospital,” said Peerzada Abid Ahmad, a local resident.

The main posts for dental surgeon, Gynecologist, Physician and medical staff are lying vacant.

“These posts were filled in the primary phase of opening of this hospital in 2008 but from 2010 onwards these are lying vacant. At least we should have a MBBS doctor posted here,” Ahmad said.

Without a gynecologist at the PHC women in the area suffer the most.

“I am pregnant, my husband is a carpenter. I have to go to Kupwara hospital for a checkup as here no doctor is available,” said Arifa, a resident of Pir Mohalla.

The hospital caters to more than a dozen of villages including Awoora, Manwan, Mir Muqam, Muqam, Herpora, Kawari, laderwan, Zurhama, Alachi Zab, Reshwari, Gulgam and Pir Mohalla.

Residents of these villages say they often need to go to the Kupwara town for even simple and medical tests.

Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr. Parladh Singh did not respond to repeated calls and messages from this reporter.