Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday expressed dismay over the dearth of quality maternity health care system in Kupwara-Handwara belt and impressed upon the governor administration to upgrade and improve the childcare and maternity facilities there to meet the rising demands of people.
Party’s senior leader and former Minister Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan in a statement issued from party head quarters, Nawa- e- Subha Srinagar said that having a baby in the remote areas of Kupwara and Handwara belt has become a life threatening situation for both the mother and the unborn child. “The approach of the local state run health facilities in wake of sheer unaccountability and lack of infrastructure to meet the rising demands has pushed the people especially poor to wall,” he said.
While expressing sorrow over the death of un-born child due to the slack attitude of doctors at LD Hospital Srinagar and kupwara, he impressed upon the governor administration to hold the erring doctors responsible. “The affected lady should be given adequate compensation. However in future to forestall such unfortunate incidents, governor Administration should improve and upgrade the current maternity health facilities at district hospitals of Kupwara and Handwara,” he said adding that the severity of the situation calls for amplifying capacities vis-à-vis maternity-child care at these sub-district and district hospitals.
Choudhary Ramzan also urged the governor administration to dedicate few wards in the district hospitals of kupwara and Handwara to maternity and childcare. “Administration should provide free lodging facility for patients who come from remote areas near sub-district hospitals,” he said.
Choudhary Ramzan urged the administration to curb neonatal deaths by ensuring all effective, prompt and up to date health facilities in Kupwara and Handwara district hospitals. “Ambulance services haven’t been amplified from last four years. Every life is precious to us, every effort should be put in to save a life,” he said. (KNS)