Baramulla: The traders and residents of Pattan area of this north Kashmir district staged a protest on Thursday against the behaviour of the minister of state (MoS) for Health, Asiya Naqash.
The MoS visited the Sub-District Hospital Pattan in the morning to take stock of the facilities.
A group of people, including the residents and traders led by their president Abdul Rashid Bhat, also reached the hospital to demand for more doctors and paramedics.
The minister, according to the residents, used “fowl language” and threatened to transfer the block medical officer (BMO) concerned and shift the hospital to the Trauma Hospital—a facility set up at Baba-Tang about 12 years ago to handle emergency cases.
“She insulted me. She said they would transfer the BMO, Dr Manzoor, and that there was no need to increase the staff as the hospital would be shifted to the trauma facility soon,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader.
Enraged, the people took to streets in protest against her behaviour. Shouting slogans against the MoS, they blocked the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad road.
The entire went on a strike, with the shops and other business establishments suspending their work.
The sub-divisional police officer and the tehsildar concerned reached the spot and tried to restore the traffic, but the protesters refused to budge until the minister for Sports and MLA Pattan, Imran Raza Ansari, visited the spot.
He made a public announcement against the transfer of the BMO and shifting of the hospital.
The announcement convinced the people to end their protest.