Scarcity of Ambulances: 24% off road in Rajouri district, 50% out of order in Kandi, Darhal block

The case is the same in Darhal block, which comprises of Darhal and Thannamandi. Here, 4 out of the 9 ambulances await repair and are out of order.

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Apr 25 2018 1:02AM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2018 1:02AM
Scarcity of Ambulances: 24% off road in Rajouri district, 50% out of order in Kandi, Darhal blockFile Photo

At a time when the state government leaders are claiming to focus on better healthcare services, 24 percent of Government ambulances in Rajouri district are lie off-road and half of the sanctioned ambulances in Darhal and Kandi medical blocks, which mostly comprises of hilly and far flung areas, are out of order.

Details collected by Greater Kashmir reveal that the total number of ambulances in Rajouri district is 69, including ambulances in all the six medical blocks of the district as well as district hospital and CMO Office complex. However, out of these 69 ambulances, 16 ambulances remain off the road.

"Three out of ten ambulances in the district hospital Rajouri are off-road, leading to severe burden on the hospital management in providing transportation services to patients and many-a-time, there is no other option than to opt for private transportation," sources informed.

In Kandi block of the district, which is one of the most far flung and is full of hilly terrains comprising of Kotranka, Kandi, Budhal, Peeri and Jamola areas, 5 out of the 9 ambulances are out of order and await repair.

The case is the same in Darhal block, which comprises of Darhal and Thannamandi. Here, 4 out of the 9 ambulances await repair and are out of order.

In Kalakote block, transportation need of patients of health department is met by 11 ambulances as 3 do not function, whereas in Nowshera block, one ambulance is out of order.

However, the situation is better in Sunderbani and Manjakote blocks, where all seven and six ambulances respectively are functional.

Sources within the Health department informed that the worst sufferers due to less number of ambulances are the district hospital Rajouri, Kandi block and Darhal block. “In the District Hospital, ambulances are not in adequate number, while in both Darhal and Kandi, at least a dozen of them in each block are needed urgently to properly manage transportation of patients,” they said.

When contacted by Greater Kashmir, Chief Medical Officer Rajouri Dr Suresh Gupta said that some of the off-road ambulances have been sent to concerned workshops for getting repaired while some still lie in Rajouri.

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