Damaged in 2014 floods, equipments at PHC Boniyar remain unchanged


Baramulla, Apr 24: Even after five years elapsed since the floods hit Kashmir in the year 2014, the authorities have miserably failed to repair or replace the equipment’s in Primary Health Center (PHC) Boniyar, damaged in the deluge.
Deprived by the department apathy, residents of Tehsil Boniyar in Baramulla district are concerned over the unavailability of technical equipment’s here in PHC Boniyar.
The residents said that PHC was damaged and most of the equipments were destroyed in 2014 floods. “The ultrasound machine, x-ray machine and other machines are yet to be replaced or repaired,” they said.
They said the health center does not even have the updated machines and patients are forced to move nearly 20 kilometers to reach out to district hospital.
One of the residents, Rashid Latief Mir said that it has been more than five years now and concerned PHC has the public flow from dozens of villages. “The authorities never bother about the suffering of the public, this is the basic facility which the government must provide, and failed to do so,” Mir said.
He added that the 100mm x-ray machine is ancient model; the PHC does not have the digital x-ray or 300mm machine. Block Medical Officer (BMO) Boniyar, Dr. Bashir Ahmad said they have multiple times forwarded the request letter to mend and replace the damaged equipment’s but still they are waiting for the fruitful response.
“X-RAY is too old model here and needs to be replaced by the new model, however the other machines were totally or partially damaged during the floods,” Ahmad said.
He said that the PHC does not have the gynaecologist, of which the phc has the urgent need.
He added PHC does not have the proper accommodation for employees as well for patients; the quarters too were damaged in the 2014 floods. “The ten bedded PHC should have the proper space for the patients and employees,” he said. Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo said that hopefully, the machines will be replaced and repaired within a month.(KNO)