Fund crunch hits Jagti govt hospital,lying non-functional for 2 years
jkupdate.com | 09-Nov-2017 09:49 AM
  • The government hospital at Jagti township near Jammu.

JAGTI (JAMMU) : Painting a grim picture of the health sector under the PDP-BJP government in J&K, doctors and paramedics posted at the 40-bed hospital in Jagti are forced to run basic services from the revenue collected by registration slips and the use of a single ultrasound machine.

The hospital on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, some 14 km from the city, was constructed under the rehabilitation package announced by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008 to provide 24x7 healthcare services to displaced Kashmiri Pandit families, who were shifted from squalid camps to the new township.

Relief Organistaion (Migrants) and the Health Department are still undecided over the operational control due to which no budget allocation is granted since its inauguration in 2015.

As a result, patients are forced to buy syringes, cotton rolls and emergency injections from the market.

Pertinently, the hospital was also aimed at catering to the needs of thousands of locals living in the surrounding villages as it is the biggest medical institution on the highway between Jammu city and Tikri. However, it has been reduced to a dispensary with the government not issuing formal order to classify it as a primary, community or a specialist hospital.

“To keep the medical lab functional, the staff buys reagent from the market from the revenue generated from the patients, who are provided basic medical advice. At times, doctors pool money to help patients with basic medicines,” a source said.

Moreover, the ambulance provided to the hospital has been dumped at a workshop after it developed some technical snag and people are now dependent on the ambulance run by an NGO to shift the patients to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu.

“Even after two years of its inauguration, the building is yet to be given the status of a hospital, depriving people, especially Pandits, of medical facilities. In case of emergency during night hours, there is no one at the hospital to provide any help. The hospital is closed at 8 pm,” said SL Pandita, a camp resident.

Nine doctors and 26 paramedics (mostly migrant staff) has been posted at the hospital by the Health Department in 2015 but in the absence of proper equipment and required facilities, they are unable to examine patients. An X-ray machine has also been installed, but it also remains underutilised due to the non-availability of the funds. There is no CT scan or other basic diagnostic equipment.

“When the township was constructed, we were happy that a hospital has also been sanctioned, which would benefit the locals. However, there is total neglect by the government,” Prem Singh, a local, said.

Although Relief Commissioner ML Raina, which looks after the affairs of 3.50 lakh displaced Pandits, was not available for the comment, Director, Health (Jammu), Dr Gurjit Singh told that the building had not been constructed as per the norms of the Relief Organisation.

“We have to bring some changes in the building before the equipment and other facilities are provided. The file is being examined,” Dr Gurjit added.

However, sources said the file was lying pending in the Health Ministry led by BJP minister Bali Bhagat for the past one year, but no step had been being taken to address the issue while the Relief Organisation continues to ignore the plight of people.

Ownership undecided
Relief Organistaion (Migrants) and the Health Department are still undecided over the operational control due to which no budget allocation is granted since its inauguration in 2015. Occasionally, funds are provided by the Relief Organisation to buy medicines from the J&K Medical Corporation, but it is not enough to run a full-fledged medical institute.(TNS)

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