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Patients suffer as CGHS building being used as playground

india Updated: May 07, 2011 00:43 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Residents in New Gurgaon have an old grouse that there is only one Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary in the city, that too, in Old Gurgaon. Not many are aware that there are two dispensary buildings in the posh areas, lying unused for a long time.

This compels over 50,000 patients to travel a long distance to reach the dispensary in Jacob Pura. One such unused building is in Sun City Township on Golf Course Road, while the other is in Sector 55 both in New Gurgaon. The one at Sun City Township serves as a playground to the neighbourhood kids.

The site gives impression of an official cricket academy, where a coach can be seen training the young ones. Parents dropping their kids to the “sports club” is a common sight. Besides, the rooms in the building are being used to store cricket kits. Some kids are always seen playing around the rooms of this swanky building. They have painted the walls with graffiti, which reads ‘Truth and Love’.

The official apathy is evident from the fact that several doors and window panes of this building have been stolen.

Some kids playing around told HT: “A few years ago, some doctors came. But now, no one comes here.” The other dispensary at Sector 55 was being used by a private hospital until some time back. Now, it can be handed over to the CGHS for the much-needed dispensary in New Gurgaon, but no action is being taken by the authorities.

Central government officials have even written to the Haryana government to set up dispensaries here, but no one from the state government, reciprocated.

A senior CGHS official, requesting anonymity, said: “We have requested the state government to hand over the dispensary sites to us, but to no avail.” Haryana health secretary Rajan Gupta was unavailable.

“The dispensary in Sector 55 was used on PPP (public private partnership) model sometime ago. We will approach the deputy commissioner for action, but nothing is being planned as yet,” said Parveen Kumar Garg, civil surgeon, Gurgaon.