Patients in Kashmir toil for better health care
In an aftermath of incessant snowfall, most of the places in Kashmir are waterlogged and major roads suffer blockades causing hurdles to patients who have no access to better health care due to troubled commute.
Patients in Srinagar complained of lack of medical facilities as main hospitals remain almost cut of due to water logging.
Patients said the situation on ground zero has been worse and the state authorities have been paying no heed to their problems.
"Here's no place to go inside. You see for yourself. There are a few patients who face difficulty in walking, for them it gets very difficult. And, here it has begun to stink also. We face a lot of trouble over here. And, nobody even bothers. Doctors also don't come. How will they come? We used to feel facilitated here earlier but now there is nothing." said Roshan Ara, a patient from Srinagar.
Doctors and patients are forced to wade through one feet deep water accumulated all around the hospital building.
Hospital authorities said that the number of patients visiting the hospital has reduced considerably and even the employees were hesitant to work due to unhygienic conditions after waterlogging.
The patients and paramedical staff said there has been no prompt action by the state administration to solve the problems; therefore it is giving rise to major health issues.
"We have to suffer so much that even our employees are scared of coming inside the hospital. Because of this, the number of patients coming to the hospital has also reduced. Many mothers who bring their children to the hospital for treatment, send their children inside the building through security guards and they wait outside the gate," said incharge of Red Cross centre in Srinagar, Ruhaila Jaan.
Regional centre of Red Cross is the only medical hope of hundreds of poor people who cannot afford to go for private medical care facilities and come for medical treatment from this centre, but with water logging they could not enter the premises for check up.
Authorities said clearing operations are underway.
"Up gradation is required. New drains need to be built. We made a plan in this regard this time. So, I hope that this problem won't emerge from now," said the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah.
The recent incessant snowfall in Kashmir has hit major civic services in the valley in addition to breakdown of power and water supply.
(Posted on 23-03-2014)