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11 November 2010

Meghalaya: Where The Chowkidar ‘Prescribes’ Medicines

health_center meghalayaShillong, Nov 11 :  The chowkidar allegedly prescribes medicines at a health subcentre in West Khasi Hills. The only nurse appointed to  attend to patients there is hardly seen on duty.

Taking a serious note of the matter, Federation of Khasi Jaintia Garo People (FKJGP)’s Umshynrut unit today demanded that the State Government should take urgent steps to ensure proper functioning of the health subcentre at Umshynrut, 32 km from Nongstoin, in West Khasi Hills district. 

The organization pointed out that except the chowkidar, there were no staff, medicines and other basic facilities at the Umshynrut health subcentre.

Addressing the media here today, FKJGP’s Umshynrut unit President of W Langrin said, “A nurse has been assigned to take charge of the health centre at Umshynrut but she never attends to her duty. She leaves the work of prescribing medicines to the chowkidar. This has created a lot of problems to the local people.”

“The health centre started functioning way back in 1992, but it has been left abandoned by the Sate Health Department till date,” said Langrin.

The Umshynrut health subcentre is supposed to serve the people of six villages which include Umjajew, Tlon, Photjalei, Mawjienlang, Mawlyngkew and Umshynrut.

The FKJGP said the people of Umnshynrut were also facing problems like water shortage, bad road condition, absence of electricity etc.

“With no motorable road in this part of West Khasi Hills, villagers have to go on foot for four hours to reach the motorable road,” said Langrin.

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