Srinagar, Jan 24: After the heart-wrenching tragedy of a mother whose newborn baby died after she was forced to deliver the child on a roadside, the civil societies and religious organisation in Kashmir have raised their voice and here have demanded immediate up-gradation of maternity and child services in south and north Kashmir on war footing basis.
State government has always kept health sector and back burner and there are no concrete and people friendly health policies, locals of Pattan said.
“We fail to understand why government constructed one more maternity and child care hospital at Bemina Srinagar, when there are already three tertiary care level maternity hospitals functional in summer capital,” they added.
Furthermore, they said government has done scattered postings of specialists doctors, which is proving troublesome for people as well doctors. “It is unfortunate that whatever the strength of gynecologists is available, it is scattered across health centres, sometimes at places where there is no footfall of such patients,” they added.
“Therefore, we demand pooling of staff, especially gynecologists, pediatricians and Radiologists in SDH Old hospital Pattan for north Kashmir and SDH Pampore for south Kashmir, so that 24×7 services will be available to patients,” they added.
This is only feasible short term measure which can address the ailing rural maternal and child care and will definitely decrease burden on overburdened LD hospital, they said.