To reduce the long queues outside the CGHS dispensary in Jacobpura, the authorities plan to build a bigger clinic in Sector 5 here.
“The new dispensary, spread on 2,000-sq ft built-up area, will have 10-11 rooms and is likely to be ready in a year's time. The dispensary was much-needed for a city, which has around 12,000 beneficiaries under the central government health scheme (CGHS). The dispensary gets around 700 patients every day, which makes it among the busiest ones, at par with those in Laxmi Nagar and Janakpuri areas of Delhi,” said a senior official of CGHS.
For around two decades, central government employees and pensioners staying in Millennium City have been relying on just one health centre.
Over the years, population has grown manifold and the need for a bigger and better dispensary was increasingly being felt.
KL Khera, a retired government official who lives in DLF Phase 5 in Gurgaon, shudders at the thought of going to the CGHS dispensary.
But this octogenarian has no choice and has to visit the clinic at least twice a month to get his medicines. For each trip to the dispensary, he has to shell out R500-700 on taxi fare.
“I have to go to the dispensary frequently. For CGHS beneficiaries staying in new Gurgaon, it is highly inconvenient,” said Khera.
Other senior citizens echo the sentiments. “I stay nearby but as there is just one centre in the city it is always overcrowded. There should be at least three dispensaries.”
A 78-year-old, who retired from the heath ministry, said,
“If they can't have another dispensary, they should increase the service hours of the existing one. The counters should remain open in the evenings too.” Even doctors in the health centre are hassled.
A senior physician told HT that three staff members have to share one room.
“We have no space to examine patients. On the first floor, one room is shared by a clerk, staff nurse and a doctor,” she told this correspondent, while a queue of hapless patients waited outside her room. After a few minutes, they were allowed to enter the room and collect their prescription and medicines. Their wait was finally over.