Health Centre Ajas Sans Connectivity, a large population left in lurch
Doctors Compelled to Shoulder the Heart Patient
By: Babar Rather
Ajas(Bandipora): People in North Kashmir’s Ajas Tehsil Of Bandipora are suffering for want of adequate healthcare facilities in this century of spaceage,locals today complained after witnessing a scene of ancient times.
Valley Online today also witnessed a strange kind of activity on part of doctors posted in the Healthcare institution Commonly known as NTPHC Ajas (though very appreciable) as it was Witnessed that the humble doctors were compelled to carry the stretch ridden heart patient on their own shoulders to the nearby road where an “ambulance” of the hospital was waiting for the critical patient to carry her for specialised / Urgent Medical treatment at Sumbal Hospital.
Locals alleged that the densely populated Tehsil Ajas comprising of dozens of villages is craving for a community health center (CHC) which the previous governments failed to establish despite the proposal for setting up of a CHC which was once sanctiond earlier 2012 which could not materialize due to the official apathy.
Desperate People of the area told Valley Online that they have donated the land for the hospital decades ago and were assured by the erstwhile governments that a CHC shall be construed to cater to the health care needs of the area and it’s adjoining villages and will also act as a Trauma Center for the whole area of Gurez -Bandipora upto Sumbal as it was a prime location on Bandipora-Srinagar highway but their dreams wanished due to neglectful attitude of the concerned Authorities.
They also appealed the authorities at the helm of affairs to provide connectivity to the existing healthcare institution on war-fotting basis as the area is remote and is equidistant from both district and Sub-divisional headquarters.
Imran Rather a Local told Valley Online that This is the situation of govt hospitals in kashmir. NTPHC Ajas Bandipora is one of them. Lack of access to hospital puts patients at a despondency.This deserted road can put a patients being in trouble at any time.Today, one patient survived a recurrent heart attack later was refer to CHC sumbal.Hospital staff and patient companions brought her on their shoulders because the ambulance can’t reach to the hospital,The government have not Constructed approach road for the hospital.
When Valley Online Contacted Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Bandipora Dr Tajamul Hussain in this behalf .He admitted the today’s incident and said that there is a problem of connectivity from Main Road to the hospital and assured that by the end of April 2020 the issue will be resolved as the matter has been already taken up the higher authorities of Heath Department and we are nowadays busy in Combating COVID-19 and a sort of Medical Emergency prevails in whole district Bandipora.He also reveled that BMO Hajin has already been directed to Come up with a Concrete proposal in this regard.