Kashmir Indepth

SDH Langate having no ambulance service for patients

Srinagar/ 29 January 2020 : The residents of north Kashmir’s Langate area have appealed authorities to ensure ambulance service at Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Langate as non-availability of the service has put lives of critical patients into risk. They said referral of patients to Srinagar hospitals has proven headache to poor who are unable to hire private vehicles who charges hefty amount for moving patients to Srinagar.

Talking to news agency locals of north Kashmir’s Langate area of Handwara tehsil expressed strong resentment over callous attitude of higher authorities who have failed to ensure ambulance service at SDH Langate.

Several residents said due to non-availability of the service at the medical facility, patients have suffered badly. “Those approached the hospital to get treatment are facing lot of inconvenience due to non-availability of ambulance service”, residents said.

They said though government in recent past has established SDH Langate to serve people locally but depriving the facility from ambulance service has put lives of patients at risk.

“Sometimes critical patients who need immediate attention from Srinagar based hospitals could not reach on time which often led to death of patient during transit”, a local said.

He added, “Sometimes well off patients mange to hire private vehicles to reach Srinagar in lieu of thousands of rupees but what about poor patients who have no source?”.

He further stated due to non-availability of service in the hospital, it becomes impossible for poor patients to reach Srinagar hospitals.

Meanwhile locals as well as patients currently admitted at the hospital have appealed authorities to take pro-patients steps and ensure the service available at the hospital. (JKNS)

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