Kashmiri cancer patients stranded in Mumbai seek evacuation

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Around 15 cancer patients from Kashmir who have completed their treatment in Mumbai are stranded in the city for past few weeks, affecting their further treatment in valley hospitals.

The patients were admitted in different hospitals of Mumbai to undergo chemotherapy. “We have completed our treatment here. Now our treatment is scheduled in kashmir as advised by respective Hospital (in written), but we are stranded here due to lockdown and are  unable to return to the valley,” a distressed patient said.

Greater Kashmir received several emails and calls from the family members who urged the J&K administration to evacuate them from outside states and allow them to join their families in Valley. “Some of us (patients) are still weak due to  chemotherapy and other treatments, it is  not possible for us to stay at lodges or rented places owing to the fear of catching coronavirus or other infections,” another patient said, adding that hospital bills were also shooting up which is a cause of worry for them.

Some of the patients accompanied by their attendants are also running short of money due to which their survival has become difficult. “We have some people with us who are running out of money. Please Inform the respective authority to arrage ambulance or airlift the stranded passengers,” the stranded patients appealed to the J&K administration, in an email.

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole said they are trying to evacuate students and families who are out of their homes. “There is a large number of people stranded out of their homes. The number is huge but we are still trying (to shift them back home),” he said.