The residents of Wadipora and its adjacent villages in Kupwara district expressed resentment against the authorities for the lack of adequate staff and better diagnostic facilities at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) Wadipora.
The residents said that the hospital was established several years ago but it had never been a priority for the authorities.
They said that the health centre lacks better healthcare facilities, forcing locals to look for alternatives for their treatment.
According to an official communiqué, of the four sanctioned posts of the doctors, only two were posted here due to which patient care had been badly hit.
“One post each of health educator, junior nurse, and senior assistant is also vacant at PHC Wadipora,” the communiqué read.
The failure of the department to provide better diagnostic facilities at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) Wadipora has also left the locals anguished.
They said that a manual X-ray plant and an ECG machine were available in the hospital but they do not fulfill the purpose.
They said that the installation of a digital X-ray machine was a must so that the patients were not forced to move to Handwara.
The residents said that the hospital was functioning without the services of an ambulance which tells upon its smooth functioning.
They complained about the lack of a dental surgeon saying that a few years ago the dental surgeon was transferred to Director Health Services Kashmir and his replacement was yet to be made.
Pregnancy care has also been hit due to the non-availability of a specialised gynecologist here, creating hardships for the women of the area who are forced to visit District Hospital Handwara.
SarpanchWadiporaNaseer Ahmad said that he along with the locals brought these issues to the notice of the concerned officials but nothing concrete had been done so far.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Zachaldara, Dr Abdul Gani said that the entire Zachaladara Medical Block had a dearth of medical officers yet only two doctors under the NHM had been deputed here.
“Besides a doctor posted at sub-center Wader Payeen is renders his services at PHC Wadipora during night shifts,” he said.
About the lack of digital X-rays, DrGani said that the required amount had been allocated for its procurement.
“The digital X-ray machine will be installed here within a short period,” he said.