SDH Sogam Lolab without Specialists, Patients Suffer

Appeals higher authorities to intervene in the matter

Appeals higher authorities to intervene in the matter


Srinagar, Oct 25 (KNS): Residents of sogam and Adjoining areas on Monday expressed strong anger against authorities for failing to upgrade Sub District Hospital in Sogam area of North Kashmir's Border District Kupwara.

According to the aggrieved residents the tall claims of the successive governments regarding up gradation of health infrastructure in rural areas of the Valley falls flat at Lolab in District kupwara with authorities failing to provide the basic facilities to the Sub-District hospital Sogam in the area.

They said that SDH, which caters to the population of the Lolab and people coming from remote villages of the area, is lacking staff, Blood Bank and other infrastructure.

They further said “This hospital caters to the people from over 100 villages,” the residents said, adding that the two Gynaecologists posted here can give only a day for the patients who wait for days in OPD. “This Sub-District hospital of Sogam Lolab has not been provided advanced equipments causing a lot of problems to patients,” the locals told claiming that the area is the only area without proper health facilities.

Irony is that despite surgery is being done in the hospital but it lacks blood bank, "We requested hundred times to higher officials for installing blood bank in the hospital but no one is ready to listen this grave problem. Locals said adding that many lady patients lost their lives on way while referring them to LD hospital because of non availability of Blood bank in the SDH Sogam.
The SDH, despite few resources, continues to witness the ever increasing rush of patients. According to official records, on an average more than 200 patients visit the Centre’s OPD regularly.
“The doctors are unable to do justice with the increasing number of patients,” the residents said, and urged the Health Department to transfer the doctors who are hailing from the area back to the hospital.

It is pertinent to mention here that SDH sogam has Dialysis facility available but due to non availability of Specialist no Dialysis has been done from past few months they alleged.

They said "Dr Suhail Jabbar was posted in the SDH Sogam,but due to unknown reasons he was transferred to health and wellness centre" Locals said.
"Since he was transferred no dialysis has been done and OPD is seeing huge rush as the two doctors posted here can only visit OPD Two days in a week" They said.
The inhabitants accused the successive regimes of failing to fulfil the long pending demand of Blood Bank of the people that the SDH should be provided with Blood Bank “Their promises prove hollow every time,” they said
Locals are demanding that SDH should be provided Blood Bank, Staff and other infrastructure.

They have urged Commissioner secretary health and Medical education Atul Duloo to intervene in the matter and provide all the facilities to SDH so that the people of these remote areas will not suffer.(KNS) 

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