PHC runs without doctor; KSU writes to authorities

PHC runs without doctor; KSU writes to authorities
PHC in Rangthong village of Mawkyrwat in the South West Khasi Hills. (Courtesty: The Northeast Today)
MAWKYRWAT, JUL 26 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/26/2020 12:18:14 PM IST

As Meghalaya struggles to improve its health infrastructure to manage the ever-rising COVID-19 cases, there have been reports of Public Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the rural areas without doctors, staff or the basic facilities, reports The Northeast Today. 

One such centre is the Rangthong PHC in Rangthong village of Mawkyrwat in the South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) district. This PHC caters to about 10 villages in the area; however, as per reports, this centre now functions without a doctor. 

It was informed that the doctor who was in charge of the PHC left for further studies at the North Eastern Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.

According to the President of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) South West Khasi Hills District, Forwardman Nongrem, since Dr. Peter Kharduid left, the Rangthong PHC now has only one Ayush physician along with nurses and other staff.

Nongrem said that the locals of Rangthong have aired their grievances over the absence of a doctor, amid the pandemic. He also said that besides Rangthong, Khonjoy PHC in Ranikor Civil Sub Division also faces the same problem.

“South West Khasi Hills has only 10 MBBS doctors and it is very difficult for them to cover the 1,20,000 population of the District especially in these trying times amid the fight against coronavirus,” Nongrem said.

In this regard, the KSU Rangthong Unit, recently, met the District Medical & Health Officer of South West Khasi Hills, Dr. FR Lartang, urging him to immediately appoint a qualified doctor at the PHC.

Meanwhile, the KSU SWKH extended its appreciation to the health workers in the district. “Even though they are less in number but they are working very hard,” said Nongrem.


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