SRINAGAR: The delayed flight of the Jammu and Kashmir’s Health and Medical Education minister, Bali Baghat, kept hemophilia patients waiting on Thursday, as he failed to report at the event on time.
After waiting for long, many patients, most of who had come from far-off places, headed home without hearing the minister.
The patients, suffering from hemophilia, which is also called ‘royal disease’, had gathered to sensitise the government about their issue and to ask for funds.
But most of them had to return with a frown face, as the minister failed
to arrive at the venue even 4 hours post schedule.
The hemophilia day, which is celebrated globally on April 17, was observed in Kashmir on Thursday because of the continuous curfew during the last week.
The event was scheduled to begin at 1: 30 pm, but was delayed until 5pm due to health minister’s absence.
“We wanted to listen to what the minister had to say about us. Unfortunately, we have to leave when he is yet to arrive,” Abdul Farooq Mir, a patient, said.
Another patient Ghulam Hassan Bhat, who came from Handwara, said: “The situation is tense at my place. I have come here to possibly hear the minster announce some package for us, but in vain. It’s already 4:30 pm, and I cannot continue to wait for him.”