In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, local villagers of Gatipora in Kellar block of Shopian district expressed happiness that the construction of a Primary Health Centre (PHC) equipped with all modern medical facilities will soon be completed.
“Once this PHC is completed, around 25,000 people living in 24 villages in the area will benefit,” said Fayaz- ul- Zama, a local of the area.
“We are very thankful to the government of India which has started the construction on time and the monitoring work is also being carried out nicely. People here will get good health care facility,” he added.
Kellar block of Shopian district in south Kashmir is considered as a hotbed of militancy and every week at least one encounter occurs in this block.
Gatipora area is considered as a backward area of Shopian district where most people are not well to do.
“This PHC will benefit around 25,000 people residing here. They would get treatment and medicine on time. We are thankful to the government of India. We are really happy. The construction work is going on in full swing,” said another local villager, Abdul Aziz.
The construction of a new Public Health Centre (PHC) in Gatipora has been the latest among a fleet of new initiatives by the Union Territory’s government.
“The construction work began in 2013. Around 90 per cent of the work has been completed. This new PHC will largely benefit the entire area including various villages. People here have to travel far away in order to avail medical facilities. UT Government has played an essential role in the construction of PHC. We are trying to finish the work as soon as possible,” said Abdul Rashid, Junior Engineer, R&B, Shopian.
Although some work on this PHC was started many years ago but the work was stopped by previous governments due to which local villagers were facing problems but after Jammu and Kashmir became a Union Territory, the work here has again started.