Shopian Woman Delivers Baby On Stretcher

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Srinagar: Contrary to the claims of the government that they were fully prepared to meet any challenge arising out of the heavy snowfall, a pregnant woman on Tuesday delivered a baby on a make-shift stretcher before she could be taken to a hospital in the snowbound Keller belt of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Akhter Jan, wife of Papa Poswal of Zrakan Keller gave birth to a baby on a make-shift stretcher as the villagers were carrying her to a hospital for delivery, news agency KNO reported Tuesday. The villagers, the report said, were carrying the woman on cot amidst the heavy snowfall as the roads blocked by the snow were not cleared.

“The lady developed labour pain following which the locals put efforts to shift her to SDH Keller, which is around 10 km from Zrakan village,” Choudhary Showkat Shabir, a local said.

“However, before she could be taken to the hospital, the woman delivered on a make-shift stretcher. The condition of both baby and mother is stable at SDH Keller,” he added.

Shabir alleged that the incident has yet again highlighted the sufferings of Gujjar Bakerwal community due to the non-clearance of snow from the roads.

He requested authorities to clear the roads in their area so that they could heave a sigh of relief.

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