Patients dying for want of ambulances: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today expressed deep anguish over shortage of ambulances in the Valley saying the scarcity was taking a heavy toll on the patients.

In a statement issued to media here, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that patients were dying for want of ambulances. He said the ambulances which are available in the health centres were as good as trucks with no resuscitation facilities and qualified staff.

“A 9-month old infant of village Bugchhulla of district Budgam district died on June 10 due to non availability of ambulance. In similar circumstances, a three year old child in Lolab area of district Kupwara died,” he said.

He said that most of the health officers use ambulances for their personal use which are meant to ferry patients. He said some health centres have no ambulances and some are without drivers and some lack both.

It is shocking that 125 upgraded force traveler ambulances procured last year have been left unutilized which is criminal,” he said, adding “These procured ambulances were dumped at different places and left for decaying,”