Scores of patients of Hemophilia and members of the J&K Handicapped Association held a protest in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar for pressing their various demands. They were demanding for reservation category and 24 hours medical assistance for them.
“If SC and ST gets reservations despite having their all limbs intact, why can’t we?” questioned a member of the handicapped association. He added that, “most of our lawmakers belong to SC and ST categories that’s why they are more concerned for giving more rights to their people rather than us, who really deserve those concessions.”
On the world Hemophilia day, Wednesday, the hemophilia patients were demanding that they should be given a separate ward in the state government hospital with orthopedic, psychiatrist and hemophilia doctors available round the clock. In addition to that they were demanding 24 hours drugs supply in hospital with a separate ambulance for them.
One of the protesting patients said, “Government is not providing us adequate funds which results in insufficient supply of medicines, factor VIII, for us. As a result of which we are given FFP (fresh frozen plasma) that gets us prone to Hepatitis B.” he added, “Last SHMS treated such patients with FFP, about 90% of those patients got Hepatitis B.”
All the countries, including India have special quota for Hemophilia and Handicapped people, but here in Kashmir they lack such facilities.