Locals protest against unavailability of ambulance driver in Ganderbal


G N Raina

Ganderbal, May 20: Hundreds of people on Sunday afternoon staged a massive protest demonstration outside the Mini Maternity Centre (MMC) Hospital at Watlar area of central Ganderbal against the unavailability of ambulance driver in the hospital.
The protesters said that a man identified as Nazir Ahmad Bhat Son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat resident of Watlar was injured after a Maruti car hit him and locals immediately took him to Mini Maternity centre Watlar for treatment, where doctors referred him for specialized treatment to Srinagar, but the ambulance driver was not on duty at the said hospital.
They said only Doctors and para medical staff members were present but they were too helpless because of non-availability of ambulance driver.
When people and shopkeepers around the hospital heard about the incident they staged a protest demonstration against the hospital management.
They appealed higher authorities of health department to take action against the ambulance driver who was not present in the hospital.
Chief Medical officer (CMO) Ganderbal Dr Roshan Din Kasana told Precious Kashmir that hospital authorities took the patient to Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar for specialized treatment in a private vehicle. He further added that he will look into the matter.
Station House officer (SHO) Lar Latif Ali told Precious Kashmir that the man was hit by an unknown vehicle and he was referred to Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar for treatment.
Meanwhile police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been taken.