Healthcare badly hit in south Kashmir

Sources at various district and sub-district hospitals told Greater Kashmir that work was badly affected due to absence of NHM medical and para-medical staff. These health centers as per sources are largely dependent upon NHM staff.

Irfan Amin Malik
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 16 2018 1:09AM | Updated Date: Jan 16 2018 1:09AM
Healthcare badly hit in south KashmirFile Photo

With as many as 1225 employees in south Kashmir forming part of the ongoing NHM employees’ strike, the patient care at various district and sub-district hospitals and primary health centers here has been badly hit.

Sources at various district and sub-district hospitals told Greater Kashmir that work was badly affected due to absence of NHM medical and para-medical staff. These health centers as per sources are largely dependent upon NHM staff.

The cash incentive schemes like Rashtriya Bal Suraksha Karikaram, Revised National Tuberculosis Programme, Janani Suraksha Yojana and Shishu Suraksha Karikaram were also affected due to absence of the NHM employees.

On the other hand patients and their attendants are facing the brunt of the strike. People from various districts said that in absence of doctors they are forced to take patients to private clinics for even for minor ailments. 

As per official figures, in district Anantnag 500 NHM employees are on strike, in Pulwama 260, in Shopian 165 and in Kulgam district 300 employees are observing the strike.

Chief medical officer Anantnag, Dr Fazil Ali Kochak said: “There is no problem as such in Anantnag district. We have easily managed the patient care,” he said.

CMO Pulwama, Dr. Talat Jabeen, said: “The inconvenience to the patients is obvious as most of our staff is on strike.”