TURA, July 10: NGOs of Dainadubi in North Garo Hills (NGH) district continue their struggle to upgrade the Dainadubi PHC to a CHC with letter after letter being sent to authorities to look into their demand for upgrade.
The demand has been led by the Dainadubi Circle Youth Organization (DCYO) and the GSU. Interestingly, the building for the upgrade has been completed, however there has been no further enhancement to the medical infrastructure, leaving the NGOs frustrated.
The NGOs had begun their demand for upgrade in the year 2010 during the time of the Congress led MUA government. They once again submitted their demand to the new government hoping that their pleas will be heard.
The Dainadubi PHC is one of the busiest PHC in North and East Garo Hills with patients coming to it from various locations in Garo Hills. With the coal business also being run mostly through the road, accident victims have mostly been taken care of in the hospital.
“There is always heavy traffic around the year in the PHC as the PHC is located at a strategic area. Thus there is an immediate need to upgrade the PHC with specialist doctors and enhanced equipment to cater to the needs of the population,” said Gilsang D Shira, the DCYO president.
The first memo seeking an upgrade was submitted in the year 2010 and the latest submission to the minister in charge of health, taking place in the month of June, 2018.
“As residents of the area, we have been forced to visit Goalpara in Assam for treatment due to the lack of specialists in Dainadubi. This has not only been expensive but also difficult for most people. As much a much needed upgrade would make the entire region happy,” said GSU president, Chengchang D Marak.
The NGOs also asked for the addition of more ambulance under 108 services as there is currently only one at Dainadubi.
“This is not enough due to the huge number of patients that come. The other ambulances are in Resubelpara and Rari, which are very far for residents of Dainadubi who need emergency support,” added Gilsang.