Govt-run dispensary in Gurgaon in a pitiable state, 80,000 beneficiaries suffer
When HT visited the dispensary on Saturday, it found that the washrooms did not have water and doors have been eaten away by termites. Dustbins were overflowing with garbage and the building had never seen any repair work ever since it came into being in 2012.Updated: Apr 29, 2017 23:32 IST
The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary in Sector 55, meant to provide subsidized medicines to 80,000 beneficiaries, is in a pitiable condition with no proper infrastructure or hygiene.
Beneficiaries alleged that sheer negligence on the part of government officials has led to its present sorry state.
The beneficiaries of CGHS include all central government pensioners or family member of pensioners who are eligible to take treatment under the CGHS while in service.
The beneficiaries get all kinds of medicines free of cost under this scheme, said the doctors at the dispensary. The centre distributes medicines, including life saving drugs to beneficiaries.
When HT visited the dispensary on Saturday, it found that the washrooms did not have water and doors have been eaten away by termites. Dustbins were overflowing with garbage and the building had never seen any repair work ever since it came into being in 2012.
The dispensary, set up on two acres, is visited by nearly 400 people every day, most of them in their 60s.
“The washrooms do not have water. The doors have been eaten away by termite. The dustbins can be seen as overflowing with garbage. This cannot be a called dispensary,” said KS Vohra, a beneficiary.
Tej Singh Yadav, another beneficiary, who visited the hospital, said, “The CGHS unit has three doctors for 400 patients who visit the dispensary every day. Also, there are no ramps to provide easy access to aged patients.”
They also alleged that though there is a generator set for the dispensary, the supply is not connected to it. Hence, because of frequent power failure, patients have to wait long hours to get medicines as the unit only provides medicines after a record is made digitally.
The dispensary was set up after several protests by beneficiaries and it runs out of a state government building that has 11 rooms. But the CGHS was given only five rooms with ceilings that leak every time it rains.
Sanjiv Saxena, general secretary, Gurgaon, CGHS, beneficiaries welfare association, said, “The ceiling of the store room and corridor has collapsed several times. Despite repeated mails to the central government authorities, we are not able to get a response. The unit is still following that sanctioned number of doctors of 1980s since then the number was never revised.”
When asked about the condition of the dispensary, the staff said they too have highlighted its pitiable state to the central authority, but nothing has been done so far. “We have sent a mail to the authority concerned regarding the requirement for staff. We are still awaiting a response,” said Prasant, in-charge of the unit.
Director Dr DC Joshi, CGHS, said, “We are aware of the situation and will repair the building this year. Last year, budget constraints had delayed the repair work. The unit does not have a fixed stock of medicines and it get medicines every month as per the demand.”
First Published: Apr 29, 2017 23:32 IST