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LMC to inject ‘life’ into its dispensaries

Dispensaries to function during office hours and doctors would have to sit through the entire period

lucknow Updated: Oct 29, 2012 11:51 IST
Anupam Srivastava

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) is set to inject life into its ‘almost dead’ dispensaries.

Only a handful of patients visit these dispensaries, as most of them neither have medicines nor the paramedical staff. Worse still, doctors associated with the dispensaries are drawing salaries from LMC coffers without doing much work, say sources.

In view of this neglect, corporation bosses have a plan ready. Now, every dispensary will be operated during office hours and doctors would have to sit through the entire period.

“This step would certainly help patients from poor background,” said Rakesh Kumar Varma, additional municipal commissioner.

Though allopathic, ayurvedic and unani doctors are attached with the LMC, but they are seldom seen examining patients,” he said. The corporation is operating dispensaries of allopathic, ayurvedic and the unani streams. While Dr AK Jain is heading the Ganeshganj dispensary, Dr Rashmi Garg is incharge of Chaupad Hospital, Dr SM Ziafaroz (Unani expert) is posted at Naka Hindola and Nakkhas dispensaries and RP Pandey is looking after the Saadatganj dispensary.

According to Nagar Swasthya Adhikari Dr PK Singh, all these doctors are well qualified and have good knowhow with proper support and infrastructure.

The corporation will surely renovate these dispensaries, as there is a need to build confidence among the public, he added.

LMC dispensaries used to witness huge crowds in the past because of cheap and good treatment provided to the patients. However over a period of time, the dispensaries failed to maintain standards.

“But now they would be upgraded and made to look better. That’s why a plan has been devised for the renovation of all the LMC dispensaries,” said Varma.