Syednagar, a run down locality known for its small dwellings and poor families, is situated behind the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital. Every penny of a rupee counts for the local people who make a living by doing petty business. It would not be wrong to call them as daily wager earner, as a good proportion of the local people do acknowledge the fact.
Like other residents of other run down slum areas, the locals here look forward to the district administration to provide some facilities that otherwise have to be availed by spending some portion of their hard earned money.
The residents of the Syednagar are eyeing at the authorities for a word on their long pending demand, upgrading the Urban Health Post into a maternity centre.
A maternity centre remains to be out of reach for the local people of the area and cashing upon its absence a few private nursing homes have cropped up in the area.
The UHP situated in a wide area can be upgraded into one maternity argue the local people and stress for it.
“Otherwise we have to take the women to Niloufer Hospital. It is some two kilometre away and there is always a rush at that hospital,” says Inayath Khan, a local resident.
“The other option is to admit at the private nursing homes that have come up looking up at the lucrative market. We have to spend a good amount of money at the private facilities,” says another local resident.
According to the local people their have been cases of people mortgaging some articles to arrange for bills at the private nursing homes.
“There is a lot of space at the UHP and we are regularly showing it to the public representatives and the officials during the public programs, but there is no word on it,” says Mirza Rasheed Baig, a local social worker.
The locals feel it will be a better option if the facility is extended to the locality inhabited mainly by the poor people.
Asif Yar Khan