By Rafique Chakar
The Government of Balochistan had completed the construction of a hospital in the district of Panjgur. Moreover, all the staff including the doctors were also appointed. But the hospital remains dysfunctional even after three years of its building construction.
This 50-beds hospital was constructed at a cost of RS. 8 crores and the doctors started to draw salaries. But to the dismay of locals, not a single patient had been admitted or treated here ever since.
The foundation stone of this hospital was laid on March 16, 2009, in Khudaban, Panjgur. The hospital was completed in three years and the doctors and all other staff were hired at the time.
Abdul Rauf who lives in Gurmukaan near Panjgur town talked to PakVoices saying that they have to go too far to the Chutkan Bazaar for treatment because there is no major hospital in their area.
He said that patient’s life is put at risk in emergency situations because of the distant location of the public hospital. He added, “if the hospital in Khudaban gets functional a large number of inhabitants will be facilitated.”
Noor Muhammad who lives in Srawan Khudaban told PakVoices that there is a big question mark as the hospital remains dysfunctional despite spending of huge sums from the public exchequer.
When PakVoices contacted Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Baloch, the medical superintendent of the hospital, he said that the hospital will be made functional within a month. However, he couldn’t answer about the extraordinary delay in making the hospital operational.
According to PakVoices’ findings, the hospital administration is not opening the hospital under the alleged pressure from the provincial government. As the project was initiated by the previous government so the current government doesn’t want them to take the credit.
Chaakar Baloch, the owner of a construction company, which executed the project, verified that the construction of this project was completed more than three years ago and it was properly handed over to the concerned department.
Rafique Chakar is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Pungur district of Balochistan.
Translated by Salman Tahir