Locals thank Govt, seek more facilities, staff
By: Aabid Hameed
Shopian: A health centre sanctioned in 1982 for Imamsahib belt of Shopian district has finally got its own building after a gap of around 3 decades.
Locals from Imamsahib while thanking the government for completing the building of New Type Primary Health Center (NTPHC) said that government must equip the hospital with all facilities.
Mohammad Ashraf a resident of Imamsahib said that they were waiting for the completion of the building since long. “Finally the work has been completed,” he said.
He said that locals from 30 adjacent villages face problems in absence of proper facilities in the area and if government will keep all facilities available at the newly completed building which has over 20 rooms, the residents will heave a sigh of relief.
People of Imamsahib, Barbugh, Chitterwach, Tarain, Sangran, Bascochan, Nowpora, Kiloora, Malikgund, Malibugh, Kadgam, Mohanpora, Kongnoo, Dagepora, Chotipora, Manihal, Batpora, Aloora Mazipora, Hillow, Handew, Hoshanpora, Urpora, Kanigam, Sugu and its adjoining areas are forced to visit district or sub district hospitals for even minor ailments.
Junaid Ahmad another local resident said that prior to new building being completed, the health centre was functioning from a small rented building with no facilities available other than a first aid being available. .
He said that they are hopeful that the government will provide laboratory, X-Ray facilities, beds besides staff to the hospital so that locals don’t suffer any more.
They said that at present just 3-4 staff members are posted who can’t cater to such a huge population.
An official of the Health Department said that the building took time as there were some issues between execution agency and contractor. Chief Medical Officer Shopian Dr Arshid Ahmad said that hospital has started functioning in its own building and very soon it will get all facilities.