With the government authorities failing to post even a single doctor in Community Health Center (CHC) Teryath, pharmacists are running affairs of the vital health institution, which is the epicenter of medical aid for more than 30,000 people.
As per details collected by Greater Kashmir, not even a single doctor is posted at CHC Teryath since a long time. "Two posts of medical officers (doctors) in the CHC lie vacant. The post of dental surgeon is also empty," a senior health department official, while wishing anonymity, told Greater Kashmir.
Furthermore, the official said that almost all the affairs of the CHC are being carried out by the head pharmacist. "Other officials posted in the hospital include a junior pharmacist, a senior assistant, a junior assistant, 2 FMPHWs, a junior lab technician, a health educator and 2 nursing orderlies," he further said.
The dearth of staff in the hospital can be gauged from the fact that two out of three posts of Safaiwala, three out of five posts of nursing orderlies, single post of CHO, single post of Aya, two posts of ward boys, all 7 posts of junior staff nurses, one post of electrician and one post of supervisory pharmacist lie vacant.
Meanwhile, people from the area alleged, "The government authorities are playing with our lives. They have left all of us to God's mercy in terms of medical facilities." They further said that more than 30,000 people from different areas of Teryath, including Methayani, Hari-Chuma, Darothi, Ranthal, Sarothi, Khabbar, Barmori Gala, Ransoo, Chak, Mian Chak, Patti, Treru, Galhan, Mangal and Naramajra, depend on the CHC for medical aid, but the severe dearth of staff is hampering routine work.
"One can easily imagine the state of a hospital where there has not been a single doctor since a lot of years and the paramedical staff runs all kinds of affairs," Vinod Bazal, a youth activist of the area, said.
He further said that except some basic medical aid, people need to visit other hospitals, which are really far away, for everything. "We have time and again put forth the demand of shortage of doctors and other needed manpower in hospital at Teryath, but all in vain. The officers from district-level to directorate-level are hell bent on ignoring our area," another local Sanjay Kumar said.
"We are being treated worse than animals," he added.
Meanwhile, a video of CHC Teryath also went viral on social media, where it was seen that only one female paramedic was working in the hospital, while there was no other official present. In the video, locals can be heard leveling grave allegations against the health department, terming CHC Teryath a "hub of corruption."
Meanwhile, the local DDC Mohammad Aijaz Asad has assured to look into the matter after seeing the video.