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SDH Sogam-Lolab lacks basic facilities, unable to cater to patients' needs
10/26/2020 11:31:45 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Oct 26: Scores of people from Sogam and its adjoining areas on Monday expressed strong resentment against the concerned authorities for failing to upgrade SDH in Sogam, as it caters a huge population from this very particular area of Kupwara in north Kashmir.
Sources said that the tall claims of the successive governments have fallen flat as the concerned higher authorities have failed to provide basic facilities to the people that are associated with SDH Sogam in Lolab area of Kupwara.
SDH Sogam caters huge population, dozens of adjoining villages to Sogam-Lolab comes to the hospital for treatment, but to their utter surprise hospital is lacking staff, Blood Bank and other infrastructure, sources informed.
Sources said that due to lack of staff, the Gynaecologists posted there are able to check only a few patients in a single day in the OPD while the other patients are forced to wait for several days.
However, local residents said that the Sub-District hospital of Sogam Lolab has not been provided with advanced equipment, causing a lot of problems to patients, as locals have claimed that it is the only area without proper health care facilities.
Though surgery takes place in the hospital but it lacks blood bank, "We requested hundred times to higher officials for installing blood bank in the hospital but no one is ready to listen to their genuine problem, said locals.
Locals said that in past many lady patients lost their lives on way while referring them to LD Hospital because of non-availability of Blood bank in the SDH Sogam, which despite few resources, continues to witness the ever increasing rush of patients.
On an average more than 200 patients visit the Centre's OPD regularly and the unfortunate thing is that the doctors posted there are unable to do justice with the increasing number of patients, sources alleged.
Sources urged the Health Department to transfer the doctors who are hailing from the area back to the hospital, so that they can contribute their services for the local populace.
Notably the SDH Sogam has Dialysis facility available but due to non-availability of Specialist, no Dialysis has been done from past few months, said sources.
Due to the reasons best known to the authorities, recently some doctors were transferred from SDH Sogam, to some other places which left the patients to suffer badly.
The inhabitants accused the successive regimes for failing to fulfill the long pending demands including 24x7 blood bank, staff and other infrastructure at SDH Sogam.
They have urged LG Manoj Sinha and Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Atul Duloo to intervene into the matter and provide all the facilities to SDH Sogam so that the people of these remote areas do not suffer.
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