J-K presses ambulance service for curfew hit areas

August 27th, 2008 - 11:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Amarnath Shrine

Srinagar, Aug 27 (ANI): The curfew hit Jammu and Kashmir administration today pressed into service a fleet of ambulances to send the patients discharged from city hospitals to their homes in various districts of the Kashmir Valley.
The step was taken to facilitate these people to reach their homes in the wake of imposition of the curfew in Srinagar and other major towns of the valley.
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, N. N. Vohra, had convened a high level meeting Tuesday to take stock of the situation, especially the problems facing the people due to the imposition of curfew.
At the meeting, besides allowing relaxation in curfew in phases, it was decided that arrangements would be made to transport the stranded patients and their attendants to their respective places.
The ambulances were sent to different hospitals in the city from where the patients discharged from hospitals and their attendants boarded the specially arranged ambulances to go to their homes.
The Medical Superintendent of Lal Ded Hospital, Dr. Lateef Ahmad, said that about 100 patients and their attendants were sent to their homes in Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts while another 70 were sent to Anantnag and Kulgam districts.
He also said that another 60 patients and their attendants were sent to various localities in Srinagar city and its suburbs even as curfew passes were arranged for 70 patients and attendants who had their own vehicles.
The Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital, Dr. Waseem Ahmad, said that as many as 101 patients discharged from the hospital were sent by the hospital administration to their homes in ambulances since August 24.
He further said that the hospital as such did not face any difficulty on this account as discharged patients were being sent to their respective places in ambulances arriving with patients in normal course from different districts.
Likewise, ambulances were also used to facilitate the cured patients and their attendants from the Bone and Joint Hospital to go to their homes in various parts of the valley.
The Hospital Administration arranged transportation of about 60 patients in ambulances to their homes in different districts of the valley since the imposition of the curfew. Also, arrangements were being made to shift the 13 patients discharged from the hospital in the ambulances to be provided by the Police Control Room today.
The region has been rocked by violent protests and demonstrations for more than seven weeks over the issue of transfer of a forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), the trust that runs Amarnath shrine, a cave shrine visited by Hindu pilgrims. The row has snowballed into full-scale protests. The dispute has polarized the state between the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley who are favouring the revocation order of the land transfer and the Hindu-dominated Jammu region who are demanding the land back. (ANI)

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