Curfew affecting medi-care services: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday castigated government for imposing “unjustified curfew” in Kashmir Valley.  

“Unjustified curfew badly affected the medicare Services and added to the miseries of people,” said DAK President Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan after chairing a meeting of the Associations.

“Doctors on emergency duties are not allowed to go hospitals during curfew by security forces thus depriving people of emergent health services,” he said, adding, “The routine hospital work has been put on hold as not only doctors but paramedics, nurses, theatre Staff  are not allowed to attend their duties.”

The investigations in hospitals are also affected as laboratory staff cannot make to hospitals during curfew, he added. 

“Overall conditions of hospitals is grim and alarming because if the doctors and paramedics cannot reach hospitals who will take care of patients?” he said, adding, “Security forces?” 

Even patients are not allowed to go hospitals for consultation during curfew and they are left to mercy of almighty, the DAK president said.

“Patients cannot get medicines as the chemist shops are not allowed to open their shops in curfew; even life saving drugs are not available to inpatients and putting their lives to risk.”

The patients and attendants are even deprived of basic amenities like food and water during curfew days, the DAK president added.

“What can be inferred from such grave humanitarian crisis is that it is a mass imprisonment of people and human rights violation at its worst. People have been kept hostages by men in uniform who pledge to protect and government maintaining criminal silence proves it beyond doubt that it 

State Govt has double standards because once they or their dependants get ill they are airlifted in a jiffy in state aircraft to Delhi and provided all Sorts of Govt assistance but common man is left to death for want of health care.” 

The Association questioned as to what kind of democracy was it where freedom of dissent is criminalized, shades of opinion are crushed, peaceful protestors are showered with bullets. 

“It is a blot on democracy when people are deprived of health care,” Dr Nisar said.

He also appealed to international communities to intervene and come forward for rescue of people of state who are “dying (because) of state terrorism.” 

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