PHC Drugmulla lacks staff, diagnostic facilities; people suffer
Kupwara, Dec 7: The residents of Drugmulla and its adjacent villages in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Tuesday expressed resentment against the authorities for the lack of adequate staff and basic diagnostic facilities at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Drugmulla.
The residents said that the hospital caters to a huge chunk of the population yet lacks basic amenities, much to the disappointment of locals of over one dozen villages including Drugmulla A and B, Vaterkhani, Anderhama, Muqam-e-Shahwali, Shadipora, and Bramri.
They said that the health centre was inadequately staffed due to which patient care had been badly hit. Locals said that among the four allotted doctors here, one was attached to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kupwara.
An official said that a Female Multipurpose Health Worker (FMPHW) and a staff nurse were also attached to SDH Kupwara, leaving other employees overburdened at PHC Drugmulla.
“Although an X-ray plant and ECG machine are available in the hospital, due to non-availability of a technician, they were of no use,” the official said. “Since the hospital is functioning without the services of an ambulance, in times of medical emergency we usually face the wrath of people for not having an ambulance here.”
Pregnancy care has also been hit due to the non-availability of a gynecologist here, creating hardships for the women of the area as they are forced to visit SDH Kupwara or District Hospital Handwara.
The residents also complained about the lack of a dental surgeon here.
They said that a few years ago the dental surgeon was transferred from here and his replacement was yet to be made.
The residents said that they had several times brought these grievances to the notice of the concerned officials but nothing concrete had been done in this regard so far.
They sought immediate intervention of Lieutenant Governor ManojSinha in this regard so that their genuine grievances are redressed.
They appealed to the LG's administration to upgrade the existing facilities for better healthcare at PHC Drugmulla.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Kupwara, DrZafar Akbar said that he would himself visit the hospital to get a firsthand experience of the problems being faced by people.
About the non-availability of an X-ray technician, he said that a call in this regard would be taken soon.