SHCs in Jammu running in rented buildings, sans basic facilities

Jammu, October 02: It is very unfortunate on the part of state health department and even the state government, almost forty percent of Sub Health Centres (SHCs) is still operating from some rented building that too with minimal basic facilities required for a health centre set up.

As per reports in a leading local daily news paper, there are a total of 255 Sub Health Centres in the Jammu District and around hundred of these are established in a small building rented by the department and they don’t even have facilities like water, electricity and toilet which are basic.

Moreover, most of the health centres are facing acute shortage of trained staff which is adding to the woes of common people especially in the rural areas. As per sources, the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines says that there should be a minimum of 510 employees but in Jammu District, there are only 360 working in various SHCs. Also, it is mandatory for a SHC to have a room, a labour room, a clinic room, an examination room, and drinking water, power connection facility and a toilet for patients. But in violation of the norms, most of the SHCs are operating from one or two room rented spaces.

Very unfortunately, there is not even a single SHC in whole Jammu district with labour room.  ‘I visited a SHC near my house few days back for urine test but it had no toilet facilities for collecting samples,” said Usha Devi, a resident of Kharian village of Miran Sahib.

If government has no funds for SHCs then they should close them, the lady added.

District Programme Manager, when contacted and asked about the issue, she pleaded that the department is suffering from lack of funds.

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