CHC R S Pura fails to serve ailing border people; govt unmoved   50 bedded hospital reduced to first aid centre

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Vishal Sharma

Jammu, July 6: The Community Health Centre (CHC) R.S Pura catering to the destitute border populace sans even the basic facilities ranging from live saving drugs, Sanitization and drinking water due to the niggling politics meted with the region over the years by the successive state governments.

The CHC situated at Main Bazar R.S Pura spread over 40 kanals of land is catering about 2 lakh people covering most of the border region from Sai to Badyal Brahmana, Suchetgarh to Rathana and Rathana to Kharian, but despite that it has not been upgraded from a 50 bedded CHC to a minimum 200 bedded Sub District Hospital which is a long pending demand of the local public.

Reliable sources disclosed that even in 2011 the work of its up-gradation up to 200 beds was announced and initiated by the then government via National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) with a deadline of 2013 but unfortunately the work has not been completed till date and the capacity of the newly constructed building and reduced to just 50 beds.

An amount of Rs 15 crores (approx) was also sanctioned by the government for the construction of a 200-bedded complex but due to the unknown reasons the complex has been reduced to only 50 beds whereas there was no where about of the amount sanctioned and received.

Also there is no blood bank facility in the CHC owing to which most of the emergency cases are referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu only after the first aid. Though, the newly constructed complex will be equipped with the blood bank facility for which the recommendation has been sent by the NRHM which also awaits approval.

If sources are to be believed the poor condition of the CHC can be gauged from the fact that its only Operation Theatre is without air conditioner while those fitted in wards are also out of order from years together to which no heed is paid by anyone.

The emergency services in the CHC are also of poor standard with absolute scarcity of life saving drugs and poor sanitization while the X-ray and Ultrasound facilities are also not upto the mark.

The CHC even sans the drinking water facilities as no water cooler with purifier has been installed in the complex and the patients are obliged to drink impure water.

The CHC is catering to the needs of huge population with majority comprising of the rural population but despite that the average delivery cases remain between 2 to 3 which clearly shows that even the rural masses are not satisfied with the level of facilities being provided by the CHC and they prefer SMGS or Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar.

Pertinent to mention here that border people are worst sufferers of cross border firing from across the border and this CHC was upgraded to meet the exigencies but; the lack of facilities defeats the very purpose of its up-gradation.

The apathy of the government towards this fiasco is sure to take toll on the victims of cross border firing, if happens anytime in future, who need critical care at the very instance instead of first aid and referral. However, the authorities are unmoved by the public outcry.

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