No doctor in Joypur Health Dispensary in Dibrugarh district in Assam

Dibrugarh: Too many patients, not enough doctors — this could well be a scene in any govt-run hospital in India. But how about a state health dispensary running without a single doctor?

Residents of Joypur, a little town in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district, are living at God’s mercy for the past three years. “Promises were made of appointing a permanent doctor but to no avail. Received a letter a month ago promising us of a permanent doctor, but no one has turned up yet,” said a local resident.

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Tucked away from the mainland, are their voices falling into deaf ears? Their request to state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has yielded no response so far. “Yes, we’ve written so many letters, but haven’t got any answer. Is the health minister listening?” asked another local.

At present, an MBBS graduate is on duty at the health dispensary as part of her compulsory one-month rural service. Voices of the people are growing loud and clear with each passing dayIs there a solution to it anytime soon?

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