Year after upgrade, Saikul CHC bereft of basic facilities

KPI,30th Aug: Health minister L Jayantakumar had laid the foundation stone of Community Health Centre (CHC), Saikul in the presence of director (health) after the previous Primary Health Centre was upgraded to CHC level on December 10, 2017. However, people of Saikul alleged that the CHC exists only on paper till date as no necessary infrastructure and resources are put in place even though almost a year has passed. KSO Saikul Block inspected the CHC Saikul and found many necessary infrastructure and human resources still wanting despite its upgrade from PHC to CHC.

Decrying the alleged insincerity of the state government towards Saikul denizens, KSO Saikul Block general secretary Haochinlen Kilong said that no adequate staff has been posted so far at CHC Saikul and the existing staff are not even adequate for PHC while adding that five Medical Officers are supposed to be posted as per the sanctioned post but the only two Medical Officers are looking after the centre 24x7.

He recalled that one Medical Officer was transferred to Bishnupur district recently without replacement and the single Ayush Medical Officer was also transferred to Phayeng a couple of months back with similar condition which truly reflected discriminatory attitude of the state government. While highlighting the grievances of the people, Haochinlen said that CHC Saikul being the only health centre in the area has to cater to the medical needs of more than 50,000 people while the daily patient intake is more than 100.
“Shortage of doctors has been severely affecting the daily health care delivery services to the public”, asserted the secretary, while adding that innocent people are bearing the wrath of insincerity of the government.

The student body appealed to the authority concerned for full operationalization of Saikul (Sadar Hills East) as a ‘separate health block’ at the earliest and take action against any health departmental staff and officials involved in the alleged illegal diversion of Sadar Hills East Health Block to Maram which is not a recognised by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. KSO Saikul also urged authority concerned to open an enrollment centre for CMHT applicants at Saikul as the public of this area face various difficulties to go to Kangpokpi to get enrolled for CHMT.

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