Ganderbal: Non-availability of doctors and ambulance at a hospital sparked protests in Lar area of Ganderbal district on Sunday.
According to witnesses, a car hit a man on the highway near Lar are of the district. The man, Nazir Ahmad Bhat, was seriously injured in the accident and was immediately taken to the local hospital, where they said neither a doctor was available nor an ambulance to ferry the patient to SKIMS Soura.
Locals said only two paramedical staff were present, “but they were too helpless because of non-availability of doctors”.
Shouting slogans against the hospital authorities, local residents blocked the Srinagar-Leh highway outside the hospital at Lar and demanded stern action against the hospital staff including the driver and doctors.
The protesters said that the hospital on the busy highway has failed to serve its purpose as emergency patients brought to the hospital continue to suffer due to non-availability of doctors.
“The government’s assurance of improving the healthcare facilities in the rural areas falls flat on the ground here as the patients are suffering immensely for want of the doctors,” the protesting locals said.
Police and civil administration reached the spot and assured the protesters to look in the matter, after which they dispersed.