Bhaderwah 2 July: – Govt framed many policies and law to empower the woman at the same time women community especially expecting mothers of bhaderwah have to struggle during pregnancy there is no proper facility available. Even maternity hospital is a distant dream for them like other parts of the state health care is no good at bhaderwah. For the treatment people are forced to go either to Jammu or srinagar. Bhadarwah valley lies at a distance of 200kms from Jammu, and around 250 km from Srinagar the women related problems are aggravated in absence of the gynecologist in the Sub District Hospital Bhadarwah which was a dream project of ghulam nabi Azad when he was union health minister, He said at that time that it will be the super speciality hospital in the area with all facilities in medical sciences, Unfortunately dream of Azad not fulfilled by local representatives till now.
Believe it or not but it is a bitter truth that old Hospital in Bhaderwah which was established in 1955 and due to the blessings of UPA-II and Ghulam nabi Azad , Bhaderwah got another sub-district hospital in 2012. But in terms of infrastructure we got good building without doctors.
Despite of breath taking efforts of local population Govt of approved to establish a separate Gynea Hospital in the old hospital Complex J&K Housing Board was entrusted with the works of repairs in 2014 but the said agency Abandon the work, after concerned health department complained that substandard works are done. Project was to complete within one year and the total project cost was 1 crore at time.
Infrastructure like wards, dispensary, first aid centre, blood bank and OPD was intact in the old hospital complex before housing board took it over for renovations but now complex is unusable. Locals questioning the present govt why govt is risking the lives of women of Bhaderwah. This is negating the tall claims of slogans like “bete padao bete bachao” and empowering women. People are blaming neither govt nor representative in state assembly from this area are taking up this issue.
Despite of repeated exhortations by the concerned officers. nothing has been done in this regard and instead, Housing Board has preferred silence. In absence of proper facility no gynecologist is ready to work there chief minister herself sanctioned a lady doctor but she too refused to join here.This place is without lady doctor from last five years. This year Residents of Bhaderwah also staged a massive protest demonstration on over the shortage of doctors, especially gynaecologist, in the sub-district hospital. But their all efforts go in vain till now. Locals told state observer “Shortage of Gynecologist at SDH Bhaderwah, due to which thousands of poor people, who were entirely depend on Government hospitals have been facing acute hardships”.
Union Govt is always taking about development in Jammu and Kashmir for which special packages were also announced but most of the projects in Jammu and Kashmir are met with same fate on the ground, if this facility is provided to the people of bhaderwah they will get rid of the hardships that they are facing.