Kot Bhalwal residents demand basic health facilities as SDH declared dedicated COVID Hospital

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JAMMU: The residents of Kot Bhalwal are facing tough time in getting basic health facilities as Government Sub District Hospital (SDH), Kot Bhalwal has been declared as dedicated COVID Hospital by the District Administration.
The OPD and Emergency services were suspended temporarily in SDH Kot Bhalwal and people have to visit Public Health Centers (PHCs) and Community Health Centers (CHCs) established in other Panchayats of the block for basic health care.
SDH Kot Bhalwal is a newly constructed 70-bedded hospital having five ventilators, 22 oxygen supported beds and two ambulances. The hospital is admitting patients routed only from CD and Gandhi Nagar hospitals, which were recently declared as triage centers for referral of COVID-19 patients to dedicated COVID hospitals across the district.
“A separate health centre must be established here”, said Sarpanch Raj Dev Singh Jamwal adding, “The old age patients and children are suffering badly with the closure of OPDs in SDH Kot Bhalwal as it is very difficult for them to travel to nearby PHCs in absence of public transport due to restrictions imposed amid Corona Curfew”.
“Moreover, the SDH Kot Bhalwal has only two ambulances which are not sufficient to cater to the needs of locals”, Jamwal said.
When contacted, BMO Dr. Sushma Mattoo said that the OPDs and emergency services have been suspended due to pandemic situation and all facilities were shifted to PHCs where emergency treatment and procedures would be conducted.
“People had been asked to avail all other important facilities from the PHCs which are running 24×7”, she said and added that the vaccination and COVID testing centers are also running smoothly and staff is working efficiently to meet needs of the public.
Meanwhile, locals are asking the health authorities to adopt some alternate measures, so that they can also get basic health facilities at SDH Kot Bhalwal.