Kashmiri cancer patients stranded in Mumbai seek evacuation

“Further treatment scheduled in Kashmir affected”
Kashmiri cancer patients stranded in Mumbai seek evacuation
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Around 15 cancer patients from Kashmir who have completedtheir 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 Mumbaito undergo chemotherapy. "We have completed our treatment here. Now ourtreatment is scheduled in kashmir as advised by respective Hospital (inwritten), but we are stranded here due to lockdown and are  unable to return to the valley," adistressed patient said.

Greater Kashmir received several emails and calls from thefamily members who urged the J&K administration to evacuate them fromoutside 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 fearof catching coronavirus or other infections," another patient said, addingthat hospital bills were also shooting up which is a cause of worry for them.

Some of the patients accompanied by their attendants arealso 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 therespective authority to arrage ambulance or airlift the strandedpassengers," the stranded patients appealed to the J&K administration,in an email.

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, PandurangKondbarao Pole said they are trying to evacuate students and families who areout of their homes. "There is a large number of people stranded out of theirhomes. The number is huge but we are still trying (to shift them backhome)," he said.

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