Ambulance laden with saplings draws flak on social media

Ambulance laden with saplings draws flak on social media
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Tanweer Ahmad
Srinagar: A photo of an ambulance carrying saplings on Srinagar’s Boulevard went viral on social media on Wednesday.
The photo drew massive outrage on Facebook with many urging the state health department to act against people responsible for allowing the ambulance for personal use.
“Saw this AMBULANCE carrying orchard plant material on Boulevard Road, Srinagar today. In far-off areas, patients sometimes die because they are not shifted to hospitals at the right time due to lack of ambulances,” wrote senior Srinagar-based journalist Athar Parvaiz, posting the photo of the ambulance.
Similarly, businessman-cum-social activist Abdul Hamid Bhat, who also shared the photo, requested the health department to “cancel” registration of the ambulance.
“My request is please differentiate between load carrier and an ambulance,” he said.
Kashmir faces dearth of critical care ambulances and almost all the hospitals across the region have vans for transporting patients. The majority of these ambulances lack advanced life support.