Budgam, Aug 18: Due to the incomplete work of the New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) at Chewdara village in central Kashmiri's Budgam, the patients are facing a lot of sufferings in the area and its surrounding villages.
This is the only health centre for seven villages of Beerwah tehsil including Chewdara, Ohangam, Mirpora, Wanihama, Chekdewan,Machama and Dragar having populations of more than 13,000.
The locals of the village told Rising Kashmir that the construction work of the Health centre in the village started 7 years ago. Due to some incomplete work, the health centre has not been made functional in the area.
Zameer Ahmad Khan, a resident of the Chewdara village, said that one of the landowners from our village had given the 3 Kanals of the land free of cost to the health department. So that the new building for the health centre will be constructed and people will also get relief into the village and its surrounding area.
" The construction work on the new building is mostly complete. But there is a need for power supply, water supply, development of the main road and wall fencing,” Khan informed.
He said that the health centre is still functioning in the old building where many facilities are not available for patients, like X-ray and ultrasound.
Ishfaq Ahmad, another resident, said that the old building of the health centre did not have much space and that is the main reason the government have provided the funds for the construction of the new building. So people will get relief through this facility in the area.
" The government should take necessary steps and should complete pending work on the top priority basis which we have been demanding the government since the last two years," he said.
Ahmad said that the people from the other villages are also visiting the health centre, due to the low space in the old health centre building. The patients are facing a lot of problems in the health centre.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Beerwah, Dr Javaid Ahmad Ganaie said that the building has not been handed over to the health department.
''Presently the health centre is functional in the old building, where necessary facilities are being provided for the patients which are visiting the health centre on daily basis," he said.