Mehatpur Primary Health Centre (PHC), the eight-bed rural hospital built more than 55 years ago, has wild cannabis sprouting all over and sewage accumulated outside its dilapidated structure.
The money sought from the Punjab government for a new building and upgrade to a community health centre hasn't been received, so far. Its houses for the medical officer and other members of staff are abandoned and declared unsafe. When confronted, senior medical officer Paramjit Singh Mangat said that for building two rooms, Rs 6 lakh had been sanctioned from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) and the block development and panchayat officer would implement that project.
"The Punjab government is considering a proposal to construct a 50-bed hospital at Mehatpur, and we have submitted all details," said the SMO. "Doctors at the hospital examined nearly 2,300 outdoor patients in September and referred only 45 to the Nakodar Civil Hospital after first aid," Dr Mangat added.