It is a sub-centre, never upgraded to NTPHC: Officials
SRINAGAR: Despite the authorities approving for up-gradation of sub-centre Chakoora in Pulwama district alongside four other such centres as New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) in 2017-18, the particular health facility continues to function as a sub-centre even after three years.
Locals said that in 2017-2018, the government upgraded many sub-centres into PHC’s and NTPHC’s like SC Satoora, SC Aripal, SC Rathsuna, SC Shar’Shali and SC Chakoora.
“All of them excluding sub-centre Chakoora have been upgraded and made fully functioning,” they said.
Locals claim that the sub-centre was inaugurated as NTPHC by senior health officials, but due to unknown reasons, it continues to function as a sub-centre.
They said that they have brought this issue in the notice of higher-ups several times, but every time they were informed that it hasn’t been upgraded to NTPHC.
“If sub-centre Chakoora wasn’t upgraded then why did the government spend about Rs 2.5 crore for construction of the new building,” locals said.
Locals said that Chakoora is a big village besides that there are adjacent villages that have either to visit PHC Litter or PHC Panzgam for treatment.
Meanwhile, a senior health official said that this centre was never upgraded to NTPHC and if it would have been upgraded, “then there would have been the creation of a post first.”
“Big building has been constructed there, but it is just a sub-centre and as per population, it is not feasible for NTPHC,” the officer said, adding that despite being a sub-centre a doctor is performing duties there besides that vaccination, immunization and sample collection is being done there.
“We have tried to help them the utmost and if they need further facilities there, they must knock on the doors of higher authorities,” the officer added—(KNO)