Pregnant Woman Ferried on Cot to Health Centre 5 Kms Away

Authorities Deny Allegation, Say Patient Took Ambulance To Reach Hospital

Srinagar- The villagers in snowbound Boniyar area of Uri on Wednesday ferried a pregnant woman on the cot for five kilometres after the family’s plea to the health department officials to evacuate the expecting mother to a health centre allegedly went unheard.

Noor Jahan, an expecting mother was ferried by her husband Muhammad Saleem with the help locals on a cot after she had complained of labor pain, reports said. Her husband Mohammad Saleem claimed that he had informed Public Health Centre (PHC) Boniyar but the staff failed to reach the village.

“I ferried my wife on a cot with the help of locals for a distance of 5 kilometers before a vehicle from hospital reached there,” he said.

However, the health department officials have rubbished the allegations saying that an ambulance was sent to ferry the pregnant woman.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Boniyar Dr Parvaiz Masoodi, also released a video to substantiate his claim.

“A video is being circulated to given an impression that Health Department has made no arrangements in wake of the inclement weather which is not true,” he said.

He said the patient Noor Jahan, a resident of HilanHakapatri has been admitted to the hospital and her expected date delivery is January 9.

“The patient is fine and is having no signs of delivery. Some people tried to show it was a case of emergency but it was not,” he said, adding “In view of heavy snowfall, we have advised expecting women can be admitted to the Health Centre before the time of delivery”

SDM Uri Harvinder Singh said that Block Medical Officer has also clarified that it was not an emergency case and the patient could have been easily evacuated after clearance of the road.

He further said that all field departments are working tirelessly to ensure that minimum disruption is caused to the services despite heavy snowfall. Men and machinery are on the job.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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