A pharmacist was forced to run a government hospital in Assam’s Dima Hasao district because of non- availability of any doctor since last couple of years.

Reports said that since the past couple of years, there was no doctor at the Harangajao Primary Health Centre and the pharmacist posted there was running the said PHC.

Over 50,000 people of Harangajao area are dependent on the single health centre located in the area for their primary health care. The locals alleged that they are suffering because of non-availability of any doctor in their PHC.

According to reports, earlier the health centre had three doctors, but after retirement of the doctors, the government had not appointed anyone.

In most of cases, the patients are referred to Haflong, the district headquarter of Dima Hasao district and Silchar Medical College hospital.

“Thousands of people of Harangajao are dependent on the Harangajao Public Health Centre. But, there is no doctor here. The government should take action to appoint a doctor here immediately and also to give an ambulance,” a local resident said.

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Haflong-based journalist Pankaj Timung said that, on an average the health centre has served 30-40 OPD patients daily, but on emergency most of the patients were referred to Haflong or Silchar.

“On January 17, state health minister Pijush Hazarika promised the people of Harangajao to appoint a full-fledged MBBS doctor at the health centre within short time. But, no doctor was appointed till date. The people of the area are facing a lot of problems from proper road connectivity to medical treatment,” Timung said.

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About Hemanta Kr Nath


Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.