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Students protest health apathy

Members of the South-Salmara Anchalik unit of AAMSU at the sit-in on Thursday. Telegraph picture

Dhubri, June 26: The South-Salmara Anchalik unit of the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (Aamsu) of Dhubri district today staged a sit-in in front of the office of the Dhubri joint director of health services here in protest against poor health service in South Salmara-Mankachar subdivision of Dhubri district.

The student’s union alleged that health centres, including the sub-divisional civil hospital, are being run without minimum number of doctors and paramedic staff and hardly any medicine is supplied to these centres and hospital causing unbearable suffering to poor patients of the subdivision.

“Doctors posted at the sub-divisional civil hospital, public health centres, mini-public health centres, state dispensary and Model Hospital have been serving elsewhere in the state. As a result, poor patients are suffering,” South Salmara Anchalik Aamsu general secretary, Resaul Islam Khan, said.

Khan also alleged that though a family planning office was shifted to South Salmara from Dhubri, it is not functioning properly because of absence of staff and the officer-in-charge of issuing birth certificates too is not attending office for months.

He said at public health centres doctors on duty tend to many patients in only one hour and there are no delivery room, bed, dresser and generator facilities.

After the sit-in, the students’ union submitted a memorandum to health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma through the Dhubri joint-director of health services.

Dhubri joint-director of health services, K.K. Choudhury, told this correspondent that in the entire Dhubri district there are only 53 doctors whereas the total requirement is 115, including officials for administrative posts.

“In South Salmara subdivision, there are only 22 doctors against total 44 sanctioned posts. Number of paramedic staff is too inadequate at health centres in the subdivision,” Choudhury added.