180 health sub-centres in Punjab without power

180 health sub-centres in Punjab without power
The government-run health centre at Sahoke village of Punjab’s Sangrur district has been operating without regular electricity and water supply since the last 20 years, depicting the sorry state of health infrastructure in the state.

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The centre is at the mercy of a nearby house from where it draws electricity during summer season and the staff pay for it from their own pockets. The supply is disconnected during the winter season. The staff is forced to bring drinking water from home and water required for regular chores is arranged from the nearby residential area.

There are 2,950 health subcentres in Punjab, of which 180 do not have access to electricity and 100 operate without water supply as per the latest rural health statistics released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The staff at these sub-centres has been taking up the lack of infrastructure with the Punjabauthorities, but in vain. Read More

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