Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Baramulla: Residents of several remote villages from Sheeri block in this north Kashmir district are demanding a hospital be set up at Dangarpora village.
The residents of Dangarpora, Naradari, Taripora, Wansarn, Kawhar, and Reshimaqam, say that at hospital at Dangarpora would benefit the villages, which currently have to ferry their sick to Sheeri and Baramulla.
Hundreds of people gathered in a meeting on Tuesday at the village, discussing the long pending demand of the villages, and problems of health services in the area.
“We are demanding a hospital since 2002. Former deputy chief minister and MLA Muzaffar Beigh assured one then, but unfortunately it turned out to be joke,” a resident of Dangarpora said.
Villagers added that incumbent Baramulla legislator Javaid Hassan Beigh had also promised to fulfill the hospital demand of the area.
They said that successive governments have adopted “step-motherly” attitude towards their area.
“People are facing tremendous problems. We have to travel 12 kilometers to a hospital with our patients, which is very difficult especially in winter, when transport is very scarce here and roads are dilapidated,” Sajaad Ahmad Thokar, a youth from the area said.
“If someone suddenly takes ill in the night our problems increase manifold. Therefore setting up a hospital here can solve problems of thousands of people.”
President of the Jamia Masjid, Shahi Hamdan Dangarpora, Abdul Jabar Lone said the remote area faces lots of problems.
“We belong to a backward area of district. We have lot of issues, but the biggest problem is lack of a hospital which the member parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and MLA Bramulla had already promised. We appeal Health Minister Bali Bhagat and MLA Baramulla Javid Hassan Beigh to solve our problem by setting up the hospital.”
Legislator Javaid Beigh told Kashmir Reader that an MLA has no authority to provide a hospital.
“I can assure the people whenever government decides to sanction hospitals for MLAs Dangarpora would be my first priority,” Beigh said.
He however added that a hospital was close by to the area.