Srinagar: The state government on Thursday said that 1640 people, injured in disproportionate use of force by government forces, are being treated in various hospitals in Kashmir Valley. Of them, 134 have suffered eye wounds, an official spokesman said here. An official spokesman said that the government has been regularly reviewing the arrangements, particularly for the treatment of the civilians injured during the “law and order disturbances” in Kashmir Valley.
He said that the required facilities including the availability of medical specialists, para medical staff and medicines have been ensured in all the hospitals, to facilitate timely and free treatment to all the patients. He allayed the apprehensions in certain quarters in regard to inadequacy of health care services for the injured during the ongoing law and order disturbances. As per the confirmation received from various agencies, he said, so far 31 civilians have lost their precious lives in forces action in the past few days. He said informed that 1640 persons have been treated for injuries in various Government hospitals. At present, only 198 patients are currently admitted in the hospitals and the remaining have either been discharged from hospital or treated for minor injuries in OPD. He further said that 134 persons have reported with eye injuries and a large number of them have been discharged after specialized treatment.
“Currently 46 such patients are admitted in SMHS Hospital and have undergone eye surgeries. Further, so far a total of 276 surgeries have been performed in various hospitals across the Valley during the last 5-6 days. Further the hospital authorities have also been directed to provide free food to the accompanying attendants as well.”
He said that while tackling the unruly crowds, over 1500 security personnel have received injuries and have been provided treatment.