|Sanctioned in 2014, Labour room of PHC Purmandal still incomplete|
|G S Asgotra|
Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 5: The callousness on part of Directorate Health Services can be gauged from the fact that a Labour Room complex project worth Rs 121.22 Lakhs which was sanctioned for PHC Purmandal in financial year, 2014-15 is still incomplete.
Sources in health department informed Early Times that the project was sanctioned by previous coalition government of NC-Congress for Public Health Centre, Purmandal in year of 2014- 15 but due to lack of will of incumbent Directorate Health Services, the project is yet to see the light of the day. "Following announcement of the project, the health department had released initial funds of Rs 50 lakhs for kick starting the project. The executive agency raised the structure but the furnishing work, installation of machineries could not be installed due to paucity funds", said sources while wishing anonymity.
Sources further said that in last financial year 2017-18, the health department however released the pending amount worth Rs 71.22 Lakhs in the account of Directorate of Health Services Jammu but owing to nonchalant attitude of official concerned the amount is yet to be release in the account of Chief Medical Officer, Samba, which is further delaying the vital project.
"In PHC, Purmandal there are three medical officers and one Gynaecologist is available but due to non availability adequate infrastructure, these doctors can not justify their services. Most of the patients either move to DH Samba or GMC, Jammu to get advance treatment", said sources.
They alleged that the existing building of PHC is in dilapidated condition and is potential threat to doctors and patients who come here to get treatment.
"Manyal as Minister of health and family welfare took the issue and assured the locals that the project will be completed shortly, but after collapse of coalition government in state, the project is again left in oblivion", said locals.
Local informed that the PHC Purmandal is serving two panchayats of Deon and Mohargarh and adjoining village of Purmandal but due to non availability of requisite infrastructure, patients were compelled to go toward city to get advance treatment.