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In Health Minister's hometown, PHCs sans manpower
11/22/2015 12:09:18 AM

GS Asgotra
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 21: Health Minister these days busy with surprise visits of hospitals across Jammu division, but in his hometown Kathua, the health institutions are facing acute shortage of manpower.
In January this year, a public health centre (PHC)at village Govindsar under National Urban Health mission was thrown open for public, but since its establishment, the PHC Govindsar is facing acute dearth of manpower. Only one technician, a pharmacist, a staff nurse and four Female Multipurpose Health Workers (FMHWs) are running the PHC, sources told Early Times.
According to the norms set by Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS), a newly established PHC should have two medical officers (one for allopathic and one for AYUSH), a dental surgeon, three staff nurses, a FMHW, a health educator, and two health assistants.
"Even 11 months after the PHC was set up, the Health Department has failed to provide sufficient manpower there," said sources.
It's however not only PHC Govindsar which is functioning but sans adequate staff. Two other PHCs-one at Krishan Colony and the other at Ram Nagar Colony-which were inaugurated on the same day when PHC Govindsar was opened, too face staff shortage. They are operating from rented buildings.
"The callous approach of the Health Department could be gauged from the fact that PHCGovindsardoes not even have a signboard,"a local resident Romesh Kumar said.
He said if the Government was unable to provide sufficient staff to the PHCs, why were these establishedin the first place?
"While inauguratingthe PHCs, then DDC had claimed that the Health Department is committed to provide all basic facilities in these PHCs so that people of surrounding areas would get better healthcare facilities.But after lapse of more than 11 months, the department has miserably failed to provide better health care" Kumar said.
No senior official of the Health Department was available for comments.
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