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Closing Highway for civilians will increase mortality in patients: Doctors Association Kashmir

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Srinagar, 4 April :Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday demanded exclusion of medical fraternity and patients from restrictions on vehicular movement on Highway for two days as announced yesterday by the Government.
“Highway is lifeline for Kashmir, the only road connecting rural network of hospitals with tertiary care hospitals,” DAK spokesman  said.
The Doctor’s association said that the government order to close 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.
Quoting  DAK, Dr Suhail Naik they said that it will be difficult for referred patient to reach to tertiary care hospitals in Srinagar Hospitals i.e, SMHS or SKIMS, soura from Districts sorrounding the Srinagar.
“Highway is not only for civilian movement but a life line connecting different hospitals of Kashmir. How can a sick 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,” General secretary DAK Dr Owais H Dar said.

Jammu and Kashmir Doctors coordination Committee JKDCC convenor, Dr Mohamed Yousuf Tak has appealed 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 national highway. Majority of our rural health care hospitals don’t have accomodation and is taking heavy brunt on employees,” they said.
They said that they appeal government to accommodate health employees with respects to their dignity, including their privacy, confidentiality, comfort and autonomy.

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