Primary issue at the Kupwara hospital, which on papers is a Community Health Centre (CHC)/ SDH, but has been named as District Hospital on sign boards
KUPWARA: The tall claims of the successive governments regarding health care may be theoretically sound but in practicality they are in shambles, as the common masses of rural areas here in Kupwara district of north Kashmir suffer badly due to lack of Staff and other facilities.
Reports reaching to Kupwara Times said in 1979, when district status was accorded to Kupwara, district Hospital was established at Handwara while as district Headquarter Kupwara was allotted Community Health Centre (CHC)/ Sub District Hospital. Medical facilities in the tune with aspiration of the people, as per modern day technologies, are still a distant dream here.
One of the senior doctors, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that “Without proper staff, we are not able to cope with the patient rush. We have over 1300 OPD’s daily,” He added that due to lack of staff in the hospital they often face flak from the patients and their attendants. “But, what can we do when we lack facilities here? We are compelled to make referrals. Only patients and doctors are sufferers of this mismanagement”.
Locals said that the Kupwara hospital has 3-times more flow than Handwara District Hospital and on 2nd no. in Kashmir region after SMHS. Locals decried indifference on part of authorities despite repeated appeals to improve the overall functioning of the hospital. “No one has come to help us since decades. The GOVT did not pay any attention towards us, we don’t know what we should do.”
“Due to lack of staff People face difficulties. “locals told Kupwara Times that we asked the authorities many times for MRI for this only 6 Crore has been released but need more few Crores for establishment of MRI, we also demand for 100 bedded modern Mother & Child Care Hospital, Super-Specialty clinics, Medical Superintendent at SDH Kupwara and for reshuffle of the paramedical staff but all the time reply was empty. “Government makes tall claims of upgrading healthcare in rural areas but on ground there is no such change visible, even we do not have sanctioned posts of Consultant ENT in SDH Kupwara after a passage of six decades.”