11 years on, dysfunctional Pattan trauma hospital mocks at official apathy

Srinagar: Eleven years on, the sub District Trauma hospital Pattan is yet to get operational. While paying visit to the hospital in June around this year, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed said the hospital would be made operational on the 16th August 2015. However, even after four months have passed since the CM’s announcement there is no sign of making the hospital functional.

As per records, nearly sixty crores have been spent on the hospital. A delegation of senior citizens of Pattan told Kashmir Observer that something is remiss. According to these eminent people, there is political gimmick going which explains why the hospital has not been made functional.

In terms of infrastructure, the building of the hospital is complete but due to unknown reasons, it has not been made operational.

 This is despite the fact that a functional hospital would save a lot of lives.

“The hospital can cater a lot of emergency cases as it is a first sub district trauma hospital in Pattan area. As lot of accidents take place on the Baramulla highway, this hospital can save many lives. What happens most of the time is that if any accident takes place, the death is inevitable because the patient has to be rushed to Srinagar hospitals for treatment which takes a lot of time and during the process the patient dies, “said Fayaz Ahmad Khanday, a resident of Pattan.

 The Government insists that the hospital will soon be made functional.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Samir Ji Matoo said, “we are going to make this hospital functional as soon as possible. I know a lot of time has been consumed but things take time. When asked about the Chief Minister’s announcement that hospital would be made functional on 16th August 2015 and already four months have passed since then, the Director said, “the building is complete but furniture is not there. We will make this functional around this month Inshallah.”

 Locals, however, questioned this narrative and set of reasons.

“If they have spent sixty crores for the hospital why aren’t they spending few lakhs on furniture? They are just making excuses. The building is 90 percent complete and more importantly the R&B department has stopped construction of the building better known to these government agencies,” said Manzoor Ahmed, a teacher by profession from Pattan.

The Roads and buildings department had taken on the construction of the building since its inception but due to lack of funds the construction has been stopped.

Executive Engineer R&B, Javaid Bukhari said, “the building is nearly 90 percent complete but due to lack of funds we have stopped the construction. As soon the funds will be released the construction will be automatically started. But now it is not going on. With respect to functioning of the hospital he said I cannot say it properly but as soon as funds will be released, the hospital will be made operational.”

As state has received best health care award, this sorry state of our healthcare policies needs to be addressed otherwise these awards are only a mere eyewash.

Meanwhile Health Minister of state Mr. Lal Singh could not be contacted as phone was switched off.

With inputs from Mir Bashir, Pattan.

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