Bolani (Odisha), Jan 4: BJP has strongly protested against the sudden shutdown of health services in night at the Barbil Community Health Center.
BJP leaders said, Barbil has always been neglected by the administration and the government. BJP state councilor member Deb Prasad Mishra and Barbil Mandal president Braj Kishore, Bikash Gope criticized the district administration and submitted a demand memorandum addressed to the chief medical officer of Keonjhar district. According to the memorandum, due to the negligence of the administration towards health services, the current situation has arisen.
Deb Prasad Mishra was of the opinion that state government has always neglected the people of Barbil. BJP since a long time has been demanding to fill the posts as early as possible but demands always fall on deaf ears.
According to a press communiqué, issued by former State BJP general secretary and member of state executive Dr Murali Manohar Sharma, the administration has always been ignoring Barbil. Government-run health service network in the district is on the verge of breakdown with huge backlog of vacant posts for doctors.
Following absence of the required number of doctors in the rural health centres, quacks are cashing in on the situation. The mineral-rich district, which is endemic in cases of malaria, dengue and outbreak of water-borne diseases, is facing acute shortage of doctors.
He said such a patriarchal attitude towards Barbil, which pays the most revenue for the state exchequer, will not be tolerated.
“The ground realities are grim, and the governmental health service has abysmally failed to cater to the needs of sick people spread across the district. It is apparent that health is no longer on the priority list of the government. Poor people are left to fend for themselves as the health centres and dispensaries are left unmanned. It’s the small children and pregnant women, who are suffering the most,” said Sharma. He warned the administration that if there was no solution within 24 hours, there would be a strong agitation by BJP. Similarly, former Barbil mayor Dillip Mishra said, it was a mockery of Barbil residents. The issue should be resolved immediately. He said the administration should stop harassing the people of Barbil.