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 ‘’We visited everywhere and met officials so far nobody is able to help us in releasing the rent,’’ says Ghulam Mohammad Wani owner of the building where centre is housed.  He said that this centre is running in the village from more than 15 years. ‘Whenever, I went for collection of rent, I was dodged by the officials. I even visited Tangmarg hospital several times to meet the officials but of no avail.’’


Imtiyaz Wani

Ahead of picturesque Tangmarg that is currently abuzz with tourists who go to Gulmarg for skiing and enjoying snow, the villagers in a small hamlet Kawcheck and its adjoining areas are facing hardship due to the closure of the Community Health Centre – (CHC) located in the village. People from this hamlet and its neighbouring areas visit the centre and find it shut often and return with great disappointment. This is not the only CHC which is closed; villagers complain that other centres are also closed raising doubts on the work culture of health centres in rural Kashmir.

‘’People come and visit the health centre and after finding these centres closed they return with dejection. These health centers are for the benefit of people but people are suffering as most with these centers remain shut. There are neither doctors nor other staff members,’’ blamed Ghulam Nabi a resident of village Kawcheck Kreeri who says he is a regular visitor to Harnow Kreeri Health Centre. ‘’For most of the times, it remains shut.’’

Harnowa centre falls under Tangmarg Block and is located 30 kilometers away from the famous Tangmarg and comprise of several villages with more than six thousand inhabitants. ‘’Whether it is summer or winter it remains shut most of the times as there is no accountability and people face lot of hardships.’’

In summer months villagers manage to reach Tangmarg, however in winters due to absence of transport facilities, villagers have to face lot many troubles. ‘’ In harsh winter months when snow falls it seems impossible to visit from one place to another and particularly for those who are suffering from various ailments. Patients and their attendants have no option but to return,’’ said an octogenarian Abdul Rashid.

Locals, however, said that this centre mostly remains closed due to rental issues as sub district hospital Tangmarg never release funds for rent on time.

‘’We visited everywhere and met officials so far nobody is able to help us in releasing the rent,’’ says Ghulam Mohammad Wani owner of the building where centre is housed.  He said that this centre is running in the village from more than 15 years. ‘Whenever, I went for collection of rent, I was dodged by the officials. I even visited Tangmarg hospital several times to meet the officials but of no avail.’’

He said that Block Medical Officer Tangmarg, Dr Sabha also visited to this health centre to know the fact that why it has been closed from months. ‘’Later she assured me to come to hospital and get the accounts settled.’’

BMO Tangmarg Dr Sabha Wani declared all statements wrong. ‘’ All such centers are especially for emergency medicines and immunizations. We don’t attach doctors in such centers. Department usually attach doctors on PHC, CHC and district hospitals,’’ she said adding that she had already attached Female Multiple Purpose House worker to the centre. “’The lady is looking after that centre. I myself visited that place in order to look what is happening in this centre and why it is closed from months.’’

She said that after knowing the truth I assured owner to visit her office with all statements and issue of rent will be settled.  ‘’When he (owner) came there were more excuses as he was not able to understand the rules of the department like we tally all funds online and issue couldn’t get resolved. Block Medical Officer, however said that she had already informed the villagers in her block that whenever they find any centre closed they should intimate the department. ‘’We are here to help people and doctors are ready to cooperate with the villagers, but at the same time people should extend helping hand to the staff.’’

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