Poor healthcare facilities hit patient care in Kupwara

People in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district are suffering for want of adequate healthcare facilities in government sector, locals today complained.

They said the dearth of doctors, unavailability of medicine, absence of key-medical procedures and decrepit infrastructure in the government health facilities in the district are giving tough time to the people.

Kupwara has two district hospital, six sub-district hospital, 31 primary health centers, eight allopathic dispensary, 41 medical aid centers, 154 sub-centers and one district TB Centre.

“The district hospital Kupwara is only present on the sign board. Actually it is working as a Common Health Centre (CHC) as per the facilities provided by the government to this medical facility,” said an official in the hospital.

He said the doctors are sanctioned as per the CHC allotment. “Similar is the case with the sanctioning of the medicine, medical staff, funds and other things.”

A doctor at the SDH Kupwara said they were getting referred patients from three SDHs and even now from the District Hospital Handwara only to refer them again to Srinagar “as we don’t have 24/7 theatre facility here.”

More than two thousands patients have been referred to Srinagar hospitals from DH Kupwara in one last year, reveals an official document.  

The SDHs in Kupwara district are going through various issues. Some, according to sources, are craving for infrastructure, others have dearth of medical staff and doctors.

“Every SDH is facing some issues which remain unresolved throughout these years,” an official said.

“There is only one room for dental sanction in DH Kupwara and SDH Kralpora. Outside the hospital many dental clinics are operated by dental assistants.”

The Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Keran is running from three rooms which remain cut off for more than five months, two MBBS, two ISM doctors and five medical staff posted there are providing health care without basic facilities available.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said, “I assure you that the issues coming under the district level will be resolved as soon as possible.”