| Umakanta and Chandrakanta PHC at at Amranga-Borihat. Telegraph picture |
Borjhar, Aug. 30: The Umakanta and Chandrakanta primary health centre, a dream project of litterateur Mamoni Raisom Goswami at Amranga-Borihat in Kamrup district, is in a state of neglect a year and a half after it was upgraded from a mini PHC.
Goswami, who had donated Rs 40 lakh for the upgrade of the health centre on a four bigha plot donated by her father in 1951, had passed away just days before its inauguration in December 2011.
Amranga, the ancestral village of the Jnanpith awardee author, is about 40km from here.
The 12-bed primary health centre, named after the litterateur’s father and uncle, has been without a permanent doctor for the past five months.
With two ayurvedic doctors from the National Rural Health Mission, the centre is struggling to cope with the flow of patients, despite a considerable drop in their number.
After the transfer of Apurba Talukdar, the medical and health officer of the PHC, in May, the post has been lying vacant with the state health department yet to appoint a replacement.
As it is, the ultrasonography facility at the centre has not served any purpose in the absence of a permanent radiologist. “A radiologist from Tolaram Bafna civil hospital, Amingaon, visits once a week whereas the centre requires the services of a radiologist for at least three days a week,” a source at the health centre said.
Adding to its woes, is the absence of an ambulance.
Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had promised an ambulance in October last year.
“The health centre has been left in the lurch by the powers that be, which is nothing but injustice meted out to the literary figure,” a villager of Amranga said.
Sources at the health centre said the authorities had submitted a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi about the state of affairs.
D.P. Sarma, Kamrup joint director (health services), told this correspondent, “The government has already been intimated about the requirement of a health officer.”