Border residents allege inadequate ambulances

Nagender Jamwal

After allegations of inadequate ambulances in the border areas amid heightening tension, the health department is mulling to station more ambulances in affected areas.
Talking to Newspoint, Director Health-Dr Gurjeet Singh said that although they have not received any complaint in this regard, but keeping the prevailing circumstances at border areas, they have decided to provide adequate ambulance services to these affected areas.
Earlier, people of border areas alleged that despite the fact that Pakistan is continuously targeting Indian posts and civilian areas, the health department has not stationed adequate ambulances in the area, further aggravating the situation for injured people.
They alleged that authorities could not arrange more Ambulances in the area as the situation is worsening with each passing day. “Authorities had already placed some ambulances in the area but the number of ambulances falls short due to heavy shelling from Pakistan side,” said villagers, claiming that so many delegations have met concerned department to deploy more ambulances but only assurances have been given.
The residents appealed the health department to deploy more ambulances with full equipments so that patients may not suffer during shifting. The lack of ambulance in the area has attracted staunch criticism towards the administration for the leniency on their part, demanding strict action to be taken.
“A special team of doctors along with ambulance should be arranged for border residents so that in case of any emergency, the victims can be treated and shifted to concerned hospital on time,” they said.
Officials of the health department said, “Soon department will deploy more ambulances on almost all the
border areas but priority would be given to those areas where shelling and firing is continuous and heavy.”
Somnath Bharti, resident of Ramgarah said, “Last few months, Pakistan targeted his village with heavy shelling and one of his friend died during shelling, the reason behind his death was dearth of ambulance. If he had been shifted on time, he had been surviving but when we villagers took him to hospital, doctors declared him as brought dead due to excessive loss of blood.”
This is not the first case of his village, Bharti said and added now-a-days when Pakistani troops target civilian areas, the concerned authorities arrange only couple of ambulances which again falls short.
Shanti Devi said, “More Ambulances should be stationed on border areas with proper equipments included ventilator, oxygen along with medical staff so that the patient can be provided better treatment and can easily be shifted to nearby or GMC hospital on time.”
However, as per reports ambulances in Poonch area were out of fuel in case of emergency and concerned administration had ordered inquiry in this matter. Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Gurjeet Singh said that this has nothing to do with inefficiency of the health department. It could be personnel fight, as adequate funds are available with concerned BMO and CMO for fuel.

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