Baramulla, May 11: Inhabitants of Pehlipora in Tehsil Boniyar here have expressed resentment over the lack of doctors in Primary Health Center (PHC), stating that only one doctor has been posted here to tackle the rush of more than ten villages.
Villages including Pehlipora, Mazgam, Naganari, Muqam, Zehanpora, Hiller, Peerniya, Kachadari, Bimyar, Hakapathri, Ejara and Badhar consisting over a population of more than ten thousand people are irked due to lack of doctors, saying that the auithorities have failed to facilitate them with proper health care staff.
The residents told KNO that PHC was inaugurated in the year 2009. The staff includes one doctor, one FMPHW, one pharmacist with mere required equipments and no ambulance service. Nasir Geelani, a resident told KNO that they are facing immense hardships due to lack of basic facilities in the health center. “Primarily, the PHC was allotted with an ambulance but later after couple of years that also was taken away,” he said.
The residents said that deputing a sole doctor in the PHC is not enough to tackle the rush of over villages, thus more doctors should be deputed here so that the residents here could heave a sigh of relief.
They told KNO that people know that this PHC doesn’t have the proper facilities; therefore the patients avoid to visit there. Block Medical Officer (BMO) Boniyar, Dr. Bashir Ahmad told KNO that they have the satisfactory staff in the health center although there is the problem of ambulance.
Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Dr. Bashir Chalkoo told KNO that they would look into the matter and stated that people will be served well. “Within couple of months, we will ensure all the basic facilities. We will also provide an ambulance for the health center soon,” Chalkoo said.