Wild grass, hanging electricity wires, bathroom without taps, moisture-laden rooms and a single woman taking care of patients is the picture of government dispensary at Sarabha Nagar.
The auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), Daljit Kaur, is the only woman, who is shouldering responsibilities of everyone at the Sarabha Nagar dispensary. She is a doctor, a pharmacist and an ANM too.
Last year, too, a Tribune team visited the Sarabha Nagar dispensary, but the things have only worsened within one year. The dispensary is without a doctor since 2015.
Mandeep Sandhu, the doctor in charge at the dispensary, was transferred to the Civil Hospital in 2015. And since then the post of doctor is lying vacant.
The only pharmacist retired in January this year and the Class IV employee also reached superannuation in December last year. Now, only a sweeper comes to sweep floors of the dispensary once in a day.
“Every day, three to four patients turn back as there is no doctor. I can give simple medication for cough, cold and fever, but not more than this,” said Daljit Kaur.
“I attend seven to10 patients on average per day. No doctor is being posted here. Things are going on like this for the past two years,” she added.
“The retirement of pharmacist has also added to my work load. A pharmacist from Karnail dispensary came here on deputation for a few days. Later, the department cancelled all deputations and she stopped coming,” she said.
“Now, I have to bring stock of medicines also. In between all this, my own work gets affected. I am left with no time to go to the field. I have to encourage women for institutional deliveries, check immunisation record of children and make the people aware of seasonal diseases,” she added.
On taking a round of the dispensary one can see wild grass in