Jammu & Kashmir

Snowfall Aftermath: Locals ferry pregnant woman, 90-year-old man for 7 kilometres on stretchers to hospital

Authorities at the DH Handwara allegedly denied Ambulance to them

Kupwara: Braving the bone-chilling cold, people in Hangnikoot village of Villgam Handwara on Sunday morning carried a pregnant lady and a 90-year-old man on stretchers to a hospital, some seven kilometres from their residences.

A woman (30) Reshma Begum developed some pregnancy-related complications in the morning after which her husband, Muneer Ahmad Daded sought help from neighbours and relatives in order take her to the hospital, locals said.

The woman was wrapped in a blanket and put on a stretcher. Later, men ferried her on shoulders and walked five kilometres to a health-centre in Taratpora.

Meanwhile, another an old man identified as Saif Din Dadad, son of Abdullah Dadad, a resident of Hangnikoot was also wrapped in a blanket and put on a stretcher. Later, men ferried him on shoulders and walked seven kilometres to a health-centre in Taratpora.

The son of the ailing man Nazir Ahmad Dadad told news agency GNS that his father and one pregnant lady Reshma Bagum who is a cousin of said person were brought to district hospital Handwara for specialised treatment. “They (hospital authorities) refused to provide the ambulance and instead asked us to take them in a sumo”

Pertinently, most of the villages in higher reaches of Ramhall and Villgam areas are awaiting snow clearance after fresh snowfall.


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