MIRZA, March 4 - Despite tall claims by the State Government regarding quality healthcare service, the people of Palasbari LAC are yet to get the same. A section of the concerned residents of the area are now worried and have demanded the State Government to take urgent steps in this regard considering the gravity of the situation.
This reporter recently conducted a survey and found that not a single healthcare centre is available for the people of 15 villages falling near the Assam-Meghalaya border. The villages covering a population of around one lakh are yet to get proper healthcare facilities which have become a matter of concern.
It may be recalled that the State Government had set up a State Dispensary at Rajapara village along the Assam-Meghalaya border in a bid to provide healthcare facilities to the patients, but in reality, it has failed to deliver owing to lack of staff and doctors. What is more alarming is that the State Dispensary is running with only a doctor, a pharmacist and a nurse. �How can we get proper healthcare service given the prevailing situation,� a section of concerned citizens asked. They also alleged that the existing doctor attends the hospital only three to four days for which patients have to look for other options.
�The Rajapara State Dispensary covers 15 villages, including Rajapara, Joramukhuria, Kothalguri, Senimari, Jupangbori, Baregaon, Muduki, Bakhlapara, Sonapur, Ranibari etc., under Palasbari and West Guwahati LACs wherein around 150 patients come daily to the centre for treatment. Moreover, patients from adjoining villages, namely Rajaghumai, Moudeng, Bhelahiri etc., of Ribhoi district of Meghalaya also come to the hospital for treatment, but due to lack of sufficient staff, the patients go to other hospitals.
Worried over the situation, the people of the locality have appealed to the State Government to provide more doctors and other staff in the greater interest of the people.