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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)

Demand to shift Nurpur BMO office to civil hospital

Our Correspondent

Nurpur, November 8

The office of the Block Medical Officer (BMO), Nurpur, which was shifted from Gangath in the Indora Assembly constituency to the Primary Health Centre building at Kamnala, a remote village, here is still crying for attention.

This office was shifted to the village prior to the Assembly elections on March 6, 2016. In official records, the office, which is being run by the state Health and Family Welfare Department, is still functioning from Gangath as the department is yet to issue any notification with regard to its shifting to Nurpur. All departmental communications are being made in the name of the BMO, Gangath.

Sources said since the village was in a remote area, power and water crisis and the lack of network connectivity were the major problems being faced in the smooth functioning of the BMO office. Owing to this, the demand to shift the office to the Nurpur Civil Hospital premises had now gained momentum, they added.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has curtailed the administrative powers of the BMO office by detaching and shifting 28 health sub-centres and one community health centre (CHC) to the BMO office, Nagrota Surian, in the Jawali Assembly constituency.

During the previous Virbhadra Singh government, seven health-sub centres had been shifted to the Fatehpur BMO office. The department will soon shift five more sub-centres and one CHC from Nurpur to the Indora BMO office.

RS Rana, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, said before rationalisation, the Nurpur BMO office had 61 sub-centres, 16 PHCs and two CHCs.

Ashwani Kumar and Rajesh Sahotra, president and general secretary of local unit of the Non-Gazetted Officers' (NGO) Federation, said the Nurpur office would have only 21 health sub-centres. “The department should notify its functioning from Nurpur in lieu of Gangath (Indora) and shift its premises from the PHC, Kamnala, to the premises of the Nurpur Civil Hospital premises," they said.

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