Minister says to be functional soon
BARAMULLA: Fifteen years on, the trauma hospital in Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is yet to be functional, despite all its buildings being completed.
The hospital was announced in 2002 by the former chief minister, the late Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed, to cater to trauma patients in different parts of north Kashmir.
Locals said that the chief minister had visited thrice till date and had given deadlines but all of them have been missed. They said, “Accident victims die on the way to hospitals in Srinagar, and the Pattan trauma hospital could have made a great difference in saving their lives.”
“Pattan town is the central place between Baramulla and Srinagar on the Srinagar-Muzafarabad road, which is packed every day with people, hospital authorities and police shifting trauma patients to Srinagar from Uri, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Baramulla and other areas. If the government starts Pattan trauma hospital, doctors can save several precious lives and can decrease the patient rush in other Srinagar hospitals,” said Nisar Ahmad, who belongs to Pattan town.
People of the area are requesting the present chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to fulfill her late father’s “real dream” as soon as possible so that precious lives can be saved.
Meanwhile, MLA Pattan, Imran Reza Ansari, who is also a minister in the government, held a meeting with health officers on Monday, where he announced that the hospital would be made functional very soon and that all required equipment will soon be shifted there.
The meeting discussed the equipments required for the hospital.