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Health for all by 2012 a farce: AASU
Published on 19 Jan. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Simoluguri Mouza unit, has announced that it will resort to a hunger strike from February 1 in protest against the failure on the part of the State Health Department to construct the proposed 30-bed Bhogamukh hospital of Jorhat district. The foundation stone of the proposed hospital was laid by the then State Health Minister Gautom Bora in 1991. Talking to The Sentinel, AASU’s jorhat subdivisional unit president Jitu Neog said after laying the foundation stone by a responsible minister, who is also a Cabinet minister in the present government, the government turned a deaf ear to the demand of more than ten thousands people of the area which have no basic healthcare facilities. Coming down heavily on the State Health Department and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the AASU leader said at a time when the State Health Department and the NRHM have been laying emphasis on development of rural healthcare facilities and making tall claims like ‘health for all by 2012’, the people in hundreds of villages under the greater Bhogamukh area have been crying for basic healthcare facilities. “We took to many protest programmes in support of our demand for construction of the proposed 30-bed hospital at Bhogamukh but the Health Department seems to be not at all keen on constructing the hospital,” he said. The greater Bhogamukh area with over 50,000 people in more than 100 villages has no proper health care facilities since independence. The people of revenue villages like Jelengetoop, Khonamukh, Chintamonigarh, Morijhanji, Charingia, Ghorpholia, Lahongaon, Khotowal, Borsumani, Mokaloni, Ouguri, Geelabeel and Borkur have no healthcare facilities and they have to go to Sivasagar or Jorhat for basic healthcare. Though, there are two sub-centres in the area, they lack doctor, nurses, medicine etc. The AASU, a number of local organizations and the people of the area have been staging protest programmes to make the proposed hospital a reality, but to no avail due to the apathy of the State Health Department. Members of the AASU and other organizations staged a sit-in demonstration at Bhogamukh Tiniali on October 30, 2009 when as many as seven aged freedom fighters of the locality took part. They had also issued a deadline of January 10 for the State Health Department to take up necessary steps for the construction of the hospital. The deadline has expired, but the Health Department is yet to take any steps towards that end.

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