Primary Health Centre in Madhubani's Sakri, Harushwar, Samastipur's Morwa and Banka's Babhangama have been found in a dilapidated condition.
With the COVID-19 having made its way to the rural areas of Bihar, Opposition parties have alleged that the government’s figures do not account for the deaths in the state’s villages. While the official figures state that active cases in the state are 30992 and 4845 deaths, the opposition has claimed that many deaths in the rural area, mostly due to the absence of facilities, are not being accounted for. There are many districts where the government hospital doesn’t even have ICU beds. Now, a visit to several primary healthcare centres by ANI has exposed the shabby status of the health infra in the state. The images that came to the fore show that the healthcare centres made for rural population are either in shambles or being used as cattle shelter.
Primary Health Centre in Madhubani’s Sakri, Harushwar, Samastipur’s Morwa and Banka’s Babhangama have been found in a dilapidated condition. A local in Madhubani’s Sakri claimed that the primary healthcare centre only exists on paper. “Doctors, nurses and sanitation workers are also appointed to this facility but they’re not present here. They only come once a month,” he claimed.
Bihar | Primary Health Centre in Madhubani's Sakri in a dilapidated condition
"This hospital only exists on paper. Doctors, nurses & sanitation workers are also appointed to this facility but they're not present here. They only come once in a month," says a local pic.twitter.com/qRFuYX7DJZ
— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2021
The primary health centre in Samastipur’s Morwa block is being used as a cattle shelter while another Health Centre in the Chaklalshahi area has been found locked for many months.
“Doctors come once in a month for vaccination of children. There’s no medicine/injection for others,” said a local.
Another health sub-centre in Rasalpur of Samastipur district has been rented out for just Rs 1000 per month.
Bihar | Health Sub-Centre of Rasalpur in Samastipur district has been put on rent
"Y'day COVID vaccination happened here. We give Rs 1000 per month rent to this centre's nurse," says Uma Devi, residing in Sub-Centre
"There is no vaccination drive going on," says a local pic.twitter.com/MxoN1FpP9p
— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2021
While the ruling BJP-JD(U) alliance is mum over the issue, residents continue to suffer in the absence of basic health care facilities. Former Chief Minister of the state, Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose party ruled for around 15 years till 2005, hit out at current CM Nitish Kumar (in power since 2005) saying that he should be given the Nobel prize for closing down hundreds of such centres.
मधुबनी के जनता मालिकों का कहना है कि जिले में ऐसे सैकड़ों स्वास्थ्य केंद्र बंद कराने के लिए नीतीश कुमार को नोबेल पुरस्कार के लिए नामांकित करना चाहिए। https://t.co/w2wSjOJljK
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) May 26, 2021
Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav also hit out at the ruling alliance, whose Health Minister happens to be from the BJP, saying that thousands of crore rupees are being embezzled by running these centres on papers only. “Thousands of such health centres which are actually closed but are operational on paper have special blessings of CM Nitish Kumar and Health Minister Mangal Pandey. Imagine how many thousands of crores rupees are being embezzled every year on the pretext of running these centres,” he said in Hindi.
हज़ारों की संख्या में बिहार में बंद पड़े (लेकिन कागजों में सुचारु रूप से संचालित) ऐसे हज़ारों स्वास्थ्य केंद्रों को मुख्यमंत्री @NitishKumar जी और बीजेपी के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री मंगल पांडे का विशेष आशीर्वाद प्राप्त है।
कल्पना करिए, प्रतिवर्ष कितने हज़ारों करोड़ का ग़बन हो रहा है। https://t.co/3EZFccEoYh
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 25, 2021
बिहार की अजब स्वास्थ्य व्यवस्था के गजब नमूने।
हज़ारों स्वास्थ्य केंद्र जीर्ण-शीर्ण अवस्था में बंद पड़े है लेकिन कागजों में कार्यरत है। जो भवन ठीक स्थिति में है वो निजी लोगों को किराए पर दिए हुए है। दवा,उपकरण,डॉक्टर ग़ायब है।नर्सों की जगह उनके पति फर्ज़ी डॉक्टर बन duty कर रहे है। https://t.co/n4J4GCyZfx
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 27, 2021
It may be noted that the state is under lockdown till June 1 and the vaccination has also been progressing at a slow pace. The state reported over 2600 cases on May 25.