PATTAN: Pattan Trauma Centre that was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in 2002 missed the deadline for the consecutive seventh time today.
Locals alleged that it is a glaring example of official apathy, while even after 12 years, the Trauma Centre is still incomplete.
Residents said that the state government seems to be least concerned about the establishment of a much-needed Trauma Centre here despite the fact that Pattan is located on crucial Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
They said centre could have been lifeline for numerous people who die in accidents on highway for want of immediate medical care .
They said that then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had inaugurated this Trauma Centre with a promise that it would be completed in a year but ironically, since then it has missed the seventh deadline.
Three Trauma Centres inaugurated at the time but only Trauma Centres at Kangan and Bijbehara were completed in time but surprisingly, no attention was paid towards the completion of Pattan Trauma Centre. It took two years for the executing agency to construct the plinth of the centre, spread over 40 kanals of land at Babteng Pattan. The delay in its construction is forcing transfer of trauma patients, both with minor and major traumas, to Srinagar hospitals from the health centres in north Kashmir areas, many of whom die in transit, a resident said.
When contacted Minister for Health Taj Mohi-u-Din said that he would surely seek all the details about the Pattan Trauma Centre and would ensure that it gets completed without anymore delay.
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