SILCHAR: A health center in Assam’s Hailakandi district has reportedly been operating without adequate medical staff and medicines for several months, according to residents.
Located in Lalamukh tea estate under Hailakandi local council, the health and wellness center serves about 20,000 people from different villages including Lalamukh, Gaglacherra and Lalacherra, among others.
According to local residents, this facility, which is about 24 km from Hailakandi city, has been experiencing a lack of health for the past few months, which has resulted in patients not receiving medical services.
“The medicines allocated to the center are much less than what was given earlier,” said a resident.
Residents said that although the people living in the tea plantation and its surroundings do not receive proper medical care because the facility is so horrible, the relevant authorities have refused to find a solution.
They alleged that although GP president Lalamukh Bishwapriya Sen had written a letter to Hailakandi vice-chancellor and director general of health services at Hailakandi three months ago to bring up the issue of the poor condition of the facility, no action has been taken so far. . . The inaction of the administration has led to anger among the residents, and this may lead to a democratic movement, if the demands regarding the appointment of adequate medical staff at the center and the provision of adequate medicines are not met immediately.
The residents demanded that the center should first be appointed with adequate medical staff and be provided with adequate medicines. They demanded the intervention of Health Minister Keshab Mahanta in this matter.
An elder of the Lalamukh tea estate said that the facility was taken over by the National Health Authority (NHM) under a public-private partnership (PPP) model in 2009-2010 with the aim of provide quality health services to local residents. The center was functioning well for several years, but the situation gradually deteriorated.
One of the Lalamukh tea plantation workers said that it is really sad and shocking that at a time when the health sector is moving fast in different parts of the country with the introduction of new and modern technology, that people The people of Lalamukh still lack basic health. facilities.
GP president Lalamukh Bishwapriya Sen said that the bad condition of the center has caused problems for the residents. The nearest health center to the tea estate, apart from the Lalamukh tea estate health and wellness centre, is the Vernerpur community health center which is about 10km away. Another hospital, Lala Community Health Centre, is about 12km away.
An official of the joint directorate of health services, Hailakandi, said EastMojo Thursday that adequate medical personnel are present at the facility and patients are receiving the necessary services. She dismissed the accusations of the residents and claimed that the center is running well.
Hailakandi AIUDF Zakir Hussain Laskar said that he will talk to the concerned authorities and necessary steps will be taken to find a solution if there is an issue at the center.
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