AIIMS team describes damages as ‘war-like situation

Srinagar, July 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, a team of eye-specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, which was rushed to Kashmir to assist in treatment of people injured due to pellets, compared the magnitude of damage caused by the lethal weapon to a war-like situation. The three-member team, headed by ophthalmologist Prof Sudarshan K Kumar, examined 60 patients with injuries in retina after its arrival from New Delhi.

In the corridor outside Emergency Ward of Soura Institute of Medical Science, Asifa Jan, was begging for help as she did not have money to pay for transport. The hospital is not providing her ambulance to ferry her ill husband to curfew-bound South Kashmir. Asifa Jan was not the lone attendant who was waiting for help. There are dozens of patients who had been operated and discharged by the medicos but lack of ambulances amid absence of public transport is stopping them from returning to their respective homes.

Asifa Jan was flanked by other attendants who are agitated over the failure of hospital management to provide them transport facilities. The situation in Kashmir is volatile following 39 killings by Indian forces, with authorities putting curbs to restricting vehicular movement in the Valley.

“There is volatile situation outside the hospital and all roads are blocked by the forces. Had it been a normal situation we would not have asked for transport from hospital administration but today we cannot take risk to ferry patients on our own as forces are damaging all the vehicles plying on road,” said Muhammad Maqbool whose mother was discharged after operation but was waiting for transport.

As time passes, more patients are discharged who assemble in the corridor of the hospital, but nobody is willing them to take them home due to non-availability of ambulances and transport facilities.

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