Patients dying for want of ambulances: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Thursday expressed deep anguish over shortage of ambulances in the valley which takes heavy toll on patients.

President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said in a statement that patients are dying for want of ambulances.

A 9-month old infant of village Bugchhulla of district Budgam district  died on June 10 due to non availability of ambulance.

In recent past a 03 year old child in lolab area of district Kupwara died because of non availability of driver of ambulance.

Ambulance is a vehicle for transportation of patients to hospitals and critical care ambulances which are equipped with life support and qualified crew provide out of hospital care to patients with acute illness or injury.

Modern ambulances in order to facilitate patient care are fitted with two-way radio to receive and transmit information and enable them to contact hospitals.

The ambulances which are available in our health centres are as good as trucks with no resuscitation facilities and qualified staff.

Most of the health officers use ambulances for their personal use which are meant to ferry patients.

It is shocking that 125 upgraded force traveller ambulances procured last year have been left unutilized  which is criminal.

These procured ambulances were dumped at different places and left for decaying.

Some health centres have no ambulances and some are without drivers and some lack both.

Ambulance service everywhere in the world is a call away in case of emergency  which is a distant dream in Kashmir.

Non utilization of procured ambulances is  gross negligence of  unaccountable officers who are responsible for hundreds of deaths.

Those responsible for this criminal activity should be held responsible and punished. 

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