ANANTNAG: They too are facing shortage of essentials at home due to the continuous curfew and shutdown for the last about two weeks. But their spirit to help the injured and other patients in these troubled times has not died down.
Braving harsh restrictions imposed by the authorities, at least 30 persons, mostly youth hailing from different localities of this south Kashmir district, keep on serving the patients and their attendants day and night in the District Hospital Anantnag.
Their efforts started the day Anantnag erupted over the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzzafar Wani at Kokernag.
Besides setting up community kitchens for patients as well as their attendants in the hospital, these volunteers are also providing other ready-to-eat foods and free medicines to the needy, particularly the injured youth.
“We provide meals and tea twice a day not only to the injured and other IPD patients but also to their attendants,” a volunteer, who requested anonymity, told Kashmir Reader.
The patients are also provided water bottles, free medicine, and food according to the prescription of their doctors. Even financial assistance is provided to several of the victims.
At least 17 people were killed and 500 injured in different areas of the district in firing by the government forces including army, police and paramilitary forces. Out of the total injured, 86 have received bullet injuries while 257 had been hit by pellets, mostly above the waist.
“Around 400 rice plates are being served a day,” said another volunteer. “We just do it for the sake of Allah.”
During first three days when hospital received a huge rush of the injured from almost every part of the district, the volunteers, hospital staffers said, did not allow situation in the hospital to turn ugly.
“In such situations, people often barge into the hospital causality and operation theater and even beating doctors and paramedics causing delay in the treatment, but this time these volunteers managed the things well and did not allow a huge number of youth, accompanying the injured, inside the hospital,” a paramedic told Kashmir Reader.
These volunteers sleep in shifts during the night to ensure that the patients don’t face any inconvenience for want of vital drugs.
“Some of the people having volunteered themselves for the job too are facing shortage of essentials at home, but now we have started taking care of such people as well,” said a volunteer.
Doctors posted at district hospital too are all praise for these youth.
“They have and are doing a commendable job. It is they who managed everything from crowd control to patient care since the uprising,” said a surgeon posted in the hospital.