Future bleak for Fatehpur Beri PHC

Future bleak for Fatehpur Beri PHC

The MCD is upgrading four of its five PHCs to polyclinics. The polyclinics will have more wards, specialists and testing facilities. PHCs at Alipur and Narela are already functioning as polyclinics, while the one at Kanjhawala is awaiting inauguration. Mehrauli’s new building is under construction.

According to an official of MCD’s health department, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the PHC at Fatehpur Beri will not be upgraded as it falls in a rural area. The upgrading is only scheduled for PHC’s under urbanised areas.

Critical cases

“The move comes despite the lack of facilities at the Fatehpur Beri PHC, which forces the residents of the surrounding areas to seek medical help elsewhere. The PHC provides outpatient (OPD) service, but it does not have any bed for critical cases.

“The two doctors at the facility refer patients to the Safdarjung Hospital in case of need. There used to be three beds earlier. But they have been moved to the Mehrauli PHC. The ward is now an injection centre,” said an employee at the PHC.

Of the two hours that Deccan Herald spent there, only five patients visited the centre. This is in complete contrast to the OPD’s and Emergency Wards of hospitals like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Safdarjung Hospital and the Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital, which overflow with patients.

Lack of facilities

“We go to the bigger hospitals because there are hardly any facilities for testing or specialist service in the primary health centre,” said Suraj Singh, a resident of Dera village covered under the Fatehpur Beri PHC.

Another resident added: “We have to go to private hospitals in the locality because the PHC shuts down early. The official timing for the PHCs is 9 am to 3 pm. The compound also has a centre for maternal and child welfare, a flagship programme of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Flanked by two doctors and a four staffers, the centre has to cater to nearly 10 villages in the surrounding areas.

The centre is supposed to conduct workshops for the communities and provide pre and post-delivery facilities. But there is no delivery room for patients. They have to visit other hospitals.

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