PULWAMA — The condition of a Primary Health Centre on the ground in Rahmoo village of Pulwama district is completely contrary to what is being claimed as the health facility has been functioning from an incomplete building.
The health center in Rahmoo village, which is about 10 kilometers from district headquarters Pulwama, is devoid of all basic facilities due to which thousands of people are suffering.
Locals from the village, as per the news agency KNO, said that the poor health care provided at PHC is forcing patients to visit either the district hospital or private clinics for treatment. They said that the health center caters to a population of at least 40,000 but the facilities are poorly inadequate.
“The Centre was established in 2002 and in the last 21 years, the authorities have failed in completing the building, providing machinery, lab and other vital equipment,” said Mohammad Akbar, a local resident.
He added, “The main problem is that even after 21 years, authorities have failed to complete the main building of the center and two other two buildings meant for residential purposes of staff are lying in dilapidated condition even before completion.”
“The center, catering to the villages of Rahmoo, Goosu, Frasipora, Mitrigam, Zaigam, Kamrazipora, Thokerpora, Tujan and its adjacent areas, is currently functioning from an incomplete single-storey building,” said Rayees Ahmad, another local.
He said that the second storey of the main building is lying in dilapidated condition as rooms are without ceilings with shabby walls and no doors.
Locals said that the ground floor isn’t enough to accommodate all sections of the hospital, besides that there are no electricity and laboratory facilities available at the hospital.
Locals said that they have brought this issue to the notice of higher-ups multiple times but nothing is being done on the ground. They have appealed to the LG-led administration to look into the matter and provide basic facilities at the center so that locals can heave a sigh of relief.
An official said that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been submitted for the remaining work before higher-ups. “We are waiting for its approval so that buildings can be completed and the center can be equipped with better facilities,” he said.