"Nursing Orderly performs doctors duty at Hajin
Bandipora: The New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) at Vijpara village of Hajin of this north Kashmiri's Bandipora district is running by Nursing orderly instead of any specialized doctor. The village which consists of nearly ten thousand population has been suffering from the shortage of a specialized doctor, prompting Nursing Orderly’s to play the role of doctors.
As per the medical rules, an NTPHC health centre should comprise of a specialist doctor and some technicians as well like X-ray and lab technicians but the centre is not even having a specialized doctor, not talking about other facilities.
Locals said that two months ago, a medical assistant was transferred from the area but since then no posting was done. The post is still vacant and nobody is there to take care of patients.
The locals threatened to hit to roads if any doctor is not posted at the Centre. “This Centre gives no benefits to us as we are forced to take our patients.
Pertinently, Nursing Orderly’s are specifically meant for bedding and cleaning in the hospital and are without any training and thus can’t prescribe medicines for patients.
BMO Hajin Dr Tariq said they have acute shortage of doctors in Hajin block. He, however, added that he has ordered for the posting of Medical assistant in the area and he will join his duties with a day or so.