Nimapara: Notwithstanding the tall claims of the Odisha government regarding improvement in health sector in the state, the health department has allegedly failed to maintain basic minimum services at the Community Health Centre (CHC) here.
Nimapara CHC caters to at least 18 dependent villages and Nimapara Notified Area Council (NAC). However, is lack of doctors in the CHC.
The CHC is being run by mainly a pharmacist as the two doctors – an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist and a junior doctor – often allegedly do not come to the hospital regularly.
There are no medicine specialist and paediatrician in the hospital.
Sometimes, patients coming to the CHC are referred to Capital Hospital and other government hospitals in Bhubaneswar or SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.
The CHC also suffers from unhygienic conditions, causing serious inconvenience to patients. As a result, the patients often visit to local private hospitals and nursing homes and cough up huge sums.
Local social worker Ramachandra Sahoo said, – although the state government was providing medicines under ‘Niramaya’ scheme, – these drugs often elude them and land in local medicine stores.
“We have drawn the attention of the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) to the problems faced by Nimapara CHC but to no avail. We have decided to write to the health minister to address our grievance,” added Mr Sahoo.