J&K’s peripheral hospitals fare poor on basic amenities: Survey

No Regular Water And Electricity; No Living Quarters, Toilets For Staff

Zehru Nissa
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 20 2018 12:04AM | Updated Date: Jan 20 2018 12:04AM
J&K’s peripheral hospitals fare poor on basic amenities: SurveyFile Photo

Peripheral hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir have poor facilities and lack basic amenities, posing hurdles to not just patient care but also to doctors and other staff posted there, the latest health statistics have revealed.

The latest Rural Health Statics Report (RHS 2017) released by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has revealed a dismal scenario of facilities in peripheral hospitals of J&K. The survey has reflected the poor living conditions in rural health centres, a set-back to promoting better retention of human resource in peripheral areas.

Out of the 84 community health centres (CHCs) functional in J&K, just 45 have living quarters for doctors. Out of these 45, just 29 were inhabited by doctors. Incidentally, just 23 of all the CHCs in J&K had all the four required specialists – physician, gynecologist, pediatrician and surgeon. At least 17 do not even have one functional operation theatre.

At the primary health center (PHC) level, about 20 percent of the buildings neither have an electric supply, nor regular water supply. Out of the 637 PHCs, 375 (58 percent) do not have a referral transport.

The sub-centers (SCs) of the state fare worst in terms of basic facilities, as per the report. As many as 72.6 percent of SCs in J&K do not have a regular water supply, while 62.7 of these are even without electricity. 29.3 percent of the sub-centers do not have a motorable access road.

There are 2967 SCs in J&K as per the data pertaining to 2017. Out of these, just 924 function from a government building, while 2043 operate from rented buildings. 151 buildings are under construction.

As many as 2743 (92 percent) of SCs do not have separate toilets for males and females. 87 percent SCs do not even have a toilet for staff. Even at CHC level, out of 84 CHCs, 34 do not have separate male/female toilets, and 24 do not have toilets for staff.

Although, health is a state subject, states of India are provided support under various centrally sponsored programmes and schemes to improve infrastructure and facilities, along with manpower in healthcare institutions, with focus on rural areas.

Recently, Union minister of state for health and family welfare stated in Rajya Sabha that under the National Health Mission (NHM), “support is provided to States/UTs to strengthen their health systems including support for physical infrastructure, equipment, health human resource, free ambulance services, free services through Mobile Medical Units, NHM Free Drugs Service Initiative, the NHM Free Diagnostic Service Initiative, PM National Dialysis Programme, Quality Assurance, etc. based on requirements posed by the States in their Programme Implementation Plans”.

 

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