Lone Doctor Runs Bodhgaya Health Centre
Bodhgaya, 3 June, (Dainik Jagran). The only health centre in the international
tourist centre of Bodhgaya is nowadays on the brink of breaking down.
It is forced to preach a message of living in a clean environment whilst
itself being surrounded on all sides by piles of refuse. Even though
there is a building during the rainy season the conditions are very
bad for people working in it. Due to being unable to deliver on time
the various programs for the World Health Organisation it is proving
the truth of the saying that 'an elephant has two teeth'
It is memorable that until a few months ago in the said health centre
there was one in-charge and three other officers employed there, but
due to the retirement of the in-charge and one other doctor and the
transfer of another there is only one doctor left, Dr Ravi Shankar.
Due to this the problem of getting paid has had to be faced by the other
employers of the health centre. In this regard it seems that none of
the 18 employees of the health centre have been paid since their August
1999 payment. Whilst it seems that the money for their payment has already
been withdrawn. From amongst them one has already been transfered elsewhere
and a woman worker has retired.
Bihar Doctors and Public Health Workers Union secretary Bhupindra Singh
said that through a union meeting demands had been made to the department
to address the various problems of the workers. So far only food for
the various accident case patients has been sent from the local police
station. [I am not sure if I what is being suggested here, that the
police are providing food for the patients in the health centre?] There
are about 18 sub-centres under the block. The majority of which are
in rented property in poor condition. Under the Village Council Constitution
the arrival of health sub-centres led to the light of hope appearing
in the eyes of the villagers.
[Some years ago I took a local friend to the Bodhgaya Health centre
and at that time the only medicine in stock was quinine which was being
given to all patients as a kind of universal cure-all:-PGF]
 Unfortunately I don't actually
know what this saying means.