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Doraha Civil Hospital awaits inauguration for over a year

Doraha Civil Hospital awaits inauguration for over a year

Patches have begun to appear on the building of the Community Health Centre in Doraha.



Loveleen Bains

Doraha, February 7

The problem of scant medical facilities in Doraha town has existed for 40 years, yet is far from being resolved. Residents had pinned hopes on the new civil hospital, but they were least aware that it would be there as just a shell, lacking doctors, unarguably the most important element in the healthcare system.

Unfortunately, the new hospital building is awaiting inauguration, over one year after it was completed. So much so that the building no longer bears a new look as plaster patches have fallen off at different places.

Not a single patient, obviously, has received treatment at this white elephant, but the government seems to be in no hurry to address this problem. The residents are resigned to their fate. They seem to have figured out that they have become victims of a practical joke played by the successive governments.

“Earlier, it was the Congress government which was time and again pressed upon to provide a community health centre as the civil dispensary had failed to cater to the medical needs of 40,000 people, in addition to those coming from surrounding areas,” rued a resident, Jagbir Singh. “Though the current government boasts of providing the best possible health facilities to the public, in our case it stands completely forfeited. After all it is not a one-time problem — we have been facing it for years at end. The poor die for want of treatment since they are in no position to go to a private hospital. The demand to upgrade or increase government facilities has been raised several times, but no government has actually come to our rescue,” he added.

“The private doctors are beyond our reach and the medical facilities provided by the government are in no way up to mark,” said another resident. “We are literally dying due to substandard medical facilities but no substantial action has been taken to help up. We are tired of praying before the so-called ministers. We were elated to see the new building of the community centre, but our joy was short-lived as no one bothered to get it functioning,” shared a resident.

Payal SDM Charanjit Singh said he has taken up the post recently. He said he would look into the matter and if the state of affairs is as described to him, he would get in touch with the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon and also write to the Health Department to depute staff to the hospital at the earliest. “This problem should be resolved in minimal time. After all, it is the question of the health of the residents, which cannot be overlooked at any cost,” he said.


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