Machil (Kupwara), June 15: The residents of Machil rue the lack of better healthcare facilities as several posts continue to remain vacant.
They said that though the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Dudhe was established several years ago, the lack of staff and other facilities were creating problems for them.
The residents said that the health centre was inadequately staffed due to which patient care had been badly hit.
They said that only three doctors had been posted here who perform duties on a rotational basis.
The health center is running without a pharmacist while only a single nurse had been rendering services against the two allotted posts of Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM).
The residents said that although the dental chair worth Rs 8 lakh was installed here, a dentist had not been deputed despite an available post here.
Not only the post of the Community Health Officer (CHO) lies vacant but one post each of Junior Assistant, Health Educator, X-ray technician, USG technician, dental technician, lab technician and a permanent sweeper’s posts were lying vacant telling upon the smooth functioning of the hospital.
The residents complained that in absence of X-ray and diagnostic testing facilities, patients were forced to visit Sub District Hospital Kupwara.
“Although the X-ray machine was installed at PHC Dudhe, several years have passed since it developed a technical snag and remains unrepaired,” said Muhammad Jamal of Dudhe.
Maternity care has also been hit badly due to non-availability of a gynecologist at PHC Dudhe.
The locals sought the immediate intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to upgrade the existing Public Health Centre to the level of Sub District Hospital for better healthcare.
Block Development Council Chairman, Machil, Ghulam Rasool told Greater Kashmir that he had several times brought these issues into the notice of concerned officials but nothing concrete had been done in this regard.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, District Tuberculosis Officer, Kupwara, Dr Muhammad Ramzan, who holds additional charge of Block Medical Officer (BMO) Kalarose said that though the health center had dearth of staff, the available staff there had been efficiently working 24x7.
About the lack of X-ray and USG facilities, Dr Ramzan said that both the machines had developed a technical snag and efforts were on to repair them.
He said that the normal deliveries of pregnant women were being conducted at the health center but for caesarean sections, they were referred to tertiary hospitals.
About the Covid-19 preparations at Machil, Dr Ramzan said that 10 oxygen-supported beds had been dedicated for patients at PHC Dudhe.