Shortage of medicines and staff at 10 ayurvedic dispensaries in the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation (MC) has created a piquant situation for the authorities. It may lead to closure of five health ayurvedic dispensaries.
A total of 10 ayurvedic dispensaries are being run by the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) at various localities across the city.
Shortage of staff and medicine is hampering work at all dispensaries. Due to this, people are left with no other option but to visit private clinics even for a check-up when one is suffering from fever or high blood pressure.
The MC has proposed two online tenders for medicines in the past three months, but nobody has approached the civic body in this connection. Due to shortage of medicines, running the ayurvedic dispensaries is turning out to be a tall task.
Sources said the MCJ is now planning to close down five more dispensaries.
They said repeated requests to the higher authorities for appointment of new staff are yet to be fulfilled. The MC did not get even a single Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) doctor since 2001, which is one reason why it is planning to shut the dispensaries.
"Instead of appointing new doctors, they have given additional charge to five medicos, which is affecting the work at other dispensaries," said a senior doctor.
At present, the 10 dispensaries are being run by the MC Jalandhar at Model House, Basti Sheikh, Basti Mithu, Bhargo Camp, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Santokh Pura, Centre Town, Chuggitti, Phagwara gate and Sodal Road localities in the city.
The MC had also closed down four out of a total of 14 dispensaries at Madan Flour Mill Chowk, Kishan Pura, Bazar Naurian and Kot Pakshia a few years ago owing to shortage of staff and funds.
The MC has shut down its maternity hospital that was being run at Model Town locality almost a decade ago.
Dr Virender Kalia, additional health officer, said, "We have asked the state government to provide us more staff and medicines or shut down the dispensaries."