Bandipora, Aug 14: The locals of Hajin area in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have alleged that a community health centre established in 1960 in their area lacks basic facilities such as manpower and proper infrastructure.
Locals, while complaining about the issue, said that the healthcare system in Hajin area continues to remain in a poor state and they have expressed strong concern over the mismanagement in the hospital.
Locals further alleged that they are being forced to travel to either Sumbal Hospital or Srinagar even for minor injuries.
Waseem Ahmad, a local, said that the hospital lacks facilities including availability of doctors, other supportive staff, cleanliness and space due to which the local people are facing hardships.
“Sanitation in the hospital premises is also a concern,” Mohammad Yousuf, a resident of Parray Mohalla said. “This hospital is in pathetic condition. Heaps of garbage and bio-medical wastes remain unattended, emanating stench.”
“Dumping of used syringes, plaster and infected glows is a cause of serious concern as it can be misused as rag pickers pick the waste,” he said, adding that almost every day you will see cattle grazing inside the hospital premises.
Locals 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.
The locals of the area have sought immediate intervention of LG Manoj Sinha in this regard and have demanded development of infrastructure and posting of adequate staff in the health centre so that patients are spared from further sufferings.
Meanwhile, an official admitted that the hospital lacks supportive staff which they have repeatedly conveyed to the authorities. He further said that they clean all bio- medical and other waste of the hospital on a regular basis.