Poor health care facilities in South West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya have compelled the villagers to cross the border and get medical help from Bangladesh medical facilities. The incident came to light after an NGO, United Achik Youth Federation (UAYF) visited three medical centres close to the international border with Bangladesh.
According to reports, the three centres in question are Maheshkhola dispensary, Gillagora Sub Centre and Khonjoy PHC. The NGO said that these centres are responsible for primary needs including vaccination, immunization and medical treatment and distribution of free medicine to poor citizens.
The NGO found out that Maheshkhola Dispensary was opened in 1980 but has not had a single working day since then. The situation has compelled most residents to be completely at the mercy of Bangladesh medicals. ‘For all medical requirements, including emergency delivery and post- delivery necessities, they are bound to go to Bangladesh by crossing the international border,’ said the NGO.
Following the visits, the NGO has demanded a thorough probe into the neglect by staff and doctors working in the centres, after it was discovered that most were drawing salaries from the comfort of their homes.
The situation in Gillagora is even worse. It looks like a ghost house rather than a sub centre. No one can be seen working at the centre. The building is dilapidated and crumbling. The UAYF has demanded an inquiry into the matter.