Oldest Sub Centre in Bandipora still working from an unsafe rented building
By: Suhail Rather
BANDIPORA: Sub Centre Gamroo, one of the oldest Sub centers in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district has been operating from an unsafe rented building sans infrastructure and facilities.
The residents of Gamroo said that the Sub centre functioning in rented accommodation for last a decade as the health department has failed to construct a building since its inception it has been operating from rented building.
It is running from dilapidated building having just two rooms” a local resident told.
The Health department hired the building on rent for the sub centre a few decades ago and due to apathy of successive governments this health facility has become partially non-functional” he added
There is no proper indoor facility in the sub centre, no toilet or washroom and is without proper medicines and machinery resulting in hardships to the public.
The residents said that they have to travel other nearby places even for dressing minor cuts.
The sub centre can’t cater to the accident or emergency cases and villagers prefer to visit local Bandipora hospital to get any health related issue treated, said another local resident Ali Mohammad.
Another resident, Irshad Ahmad said that the health centre lacks services of Medical assistants.
He said that for simple Paracetamol they have to move to Bandipora market or district hospital.
He further said that other Sub Centres, which were established after Sub Centre Gamroo, have been provided with modern facilities and work 24 hours a day.
Since past decades Sub Centre Gamroo has been carving for its own building. The Sub Centre is housed in a single storied awqaaf building.
“The building has developed many cracks and is unsafe”, a local resident of the area told. He said that most of windowpanes have been smashed.
“The building is unsafe and can collapse any time. Patients hesitate to visit sub centre,” he said.
The local residents said that they moved from pillar to post pleading before authorities for constructing a building for Sub Centre but to no avail.
“We have land available and we are offering it to the concerned authorities for construct a building for Sub Centre but they gave a deaf ear to our pleas,” said an elder of village.
He added that the concerned department has failed despite having available land for the construction of health center the department has not taken a stand for it.
Despite repeated attempts Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, Dr. Tajamul Hussain could not be contacted for his comments.