Don’t impose highway restrictions on Medical fraternity, patients: DAK on Highway closure


While calling national highway as a lifeline for Kashmir, the only road connecting a rural network of hospitals with tertiary care hospitals, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday demanded exclusion of medical fraternity and patients from such restrictions.

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The government order to close the national highway for civilian movement on Wednesdays and Sundays is invariably going to jeopardize the patient care and will increase morbidity and mortality in patients said president DAK, Dr Suhail Naik in a statement said.

He said that it will be difficult for the referred patient to reach to tertiary care hospitals in Srinagar Hospitals i.e, SMHS or SKIMS, Soura from various districts surrounding the Srinagar.

General secretary DAK Dr Owais H Dar said the national highway is not only for civilian movement but a lifeline connecting different hospitals of Kashmir. How can a patient from Banihal reach to Medical college Anantnag while such restrictions will be in place? We appeal administration to exclude medical fraternity and patients from such restrictions.

Jammu and Kashmir Doctors coordination Committee JKDCC convenor, Dr Mohamed Yousuf Tak has appealed the government to provide full-time accommodation to medical employees inside hospital premises.

It is very hard and difficult for our employees to reach and attend their duties while such restrictions will be imposed on the national highway. Majority of our rural health care hospitals don’t have accommodation and is taking heavy brunt on employees.

We appeal the government to accommodate health employees with respects to their dignity, including their privacy, confidentiality, comfort and autonomy.


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