17 years on, Kupwara villagers’ without health care facilities

Kupwara—Residents of at least 25 villages in this north Kashmir district town of Kupwara are forced to travel miles for health care facili­ties’ including even the first aid, to district hospital, due to a non- functional sub-district hospital in Gonipora village.

The sub district hospital built at a cost of around Rs 1.5 Crore during past 17 years’ is non-functional due to non-availability of a bathroom, the villagers rued.

“The construction of multi story concrete building of the hospital that incurred more than a crore rupees has been completed at least two years before but sadly the authori­ties have been delaying con­struction of a bathroom mak­ing a vast population to suffer for necessary health care fa­cilities,” Abdul Hamid War, deputy Sarpanch of Gonipora told ‘Kashmir Wire’

“We made several repre­sentations to the senior health officials including Chief Medi­cal Officer Kupwara but they ignored our pleas saying the bathroom cannot be built due to shortage of funds,” he added.

The foundation of hospital l premises spread over seven kanals of land in Gonipora, around 10 Kms from Kupwara headquarters was laid in 2000.

The sub district hospital is supposed to provide health care facilities to at least 25 villages including Kumkadi, Chalgund, Gondisana, Payar­pora, Jugtiyal, Safawali, Bat­pora and Hamatpora.

“Even for a first aid, we are forced to travel miles to Kup­wara district hospital. The authorities chose not to spend a few lakhs for construction of bathroom,” Sonaullah Mir, a Safawali village resident.

Chief Medical Officer Kup­wara Dr. Pralad Singh said, “I will have to check the sta­tus of hospital first and then make a comment about it,” (Kashmir Wire


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