Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (EP)
Bantwal, Oct 23: District health officer Dr Kishore Kumar visited and inspected primary health centre here on Friday, Oct 22 after urging by people and Tulunadu Vedike Bantwal in the leadership of former district panchayat member Tungappa Bangera for remedial actions.
He enquired about the lapses in the health centre during his visit. Tungappa Bangera said that there were two doctors in the centre earlier but there is only one doctor at present. “There is scarcity of a staff nurse and other staff which has caused setbacks for providing health facilities to the people. There has been an old demand to upgrade the health centre and the health department should respond to it,” he said.
“The health centre is beside the national highway and people depend on it during road accidents. The centre should function during the day and the night. There should be an ECG machine for tests,” said the people.
Dr Kishore Kumar assured that a staff nurse will be appointed and directed the doctors to provide good service. He enquired why the hospital was locked when head constable Aboobacker, critically injured in the accident, was brought for treatment. Dr Rithesh clarified that he was at home as it was a holiday and he was not aware of it.
Dr Deepa Prabhu, taluk health officer said that a proposal is submitted to the government to upgrade the health centre at a cost of Rs six crore and the Bantwal MLA has taken initiative for it.
Meanwhile local people complained that the 108 number ambulance is not available after 8 pm. Pilot Jagannath clarified that the facility is not provided at night as there is no staff nurse. The district health officer contacted the GVK company which has taken the responsibility and requested for a nurse.
Tulunadu Rakshana Vedike Bantwal unit president Ramesh Shetty Majalody, Swasthik Friends club president Prashanth Punjalkatte, Gangadhar Poojary, Sathish Bangera, Praveen Gowda, Praveen Anilade, Taranath Kajekar, Purushotham Nakunadu and senior health assistant Anwar Pasha were present.