4 Ambulances lying defunct in Baramulla for want of inauguration

Unused ambulances lying defunct at CMO’s office in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
Unused ambulances lying defunct at CMO’s office in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

Waseem Ahmad
Srinagar, Dec 12: For lack of inauguration, four ambulances donated by the Member Parliament (MP), Muzaffar Hussain Baig, are lying defunct for last two years at the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Baramulla while people are suffering.
Locals said as there is dire need of ambulances especially for people living in the far flung areas of the district, the ambulances have not been put to use. They said that it is a loss to the State exchequer and criminal act on part of authorities.
“This is an injustice for the people of Baramulla. Instead of providing better facilities and improving standard of hospitals in the district, authorities at Medical department Baramulla hardly bother to look into the grievances of poor patients. Almost two years have passed when the ambulances were sanctioned for the welfare of poor patients but they are lying defunct at CMO office Baramulla,” Khurshid Ahmad, a local said
He said the ambulances were sanctioned by Member of Parliament (MP), Muzaffar Hussain Baig for the poor and needy people of the district last year but unfortunately the ambulances were never used. “The ambulances are lying defunct here for last two years. There is need of ambulances in the district and authorities should depute and use them for the welfare of the people. What is the fun of placing these ambulances here as they will decay. These ambulances were sanctioned for a purpose and the sad part is they are lying defunct here,” said Tariq Ahmad.
Director Health Services Kashmir, Kunzes Dolma, said that these ambulances are not being used for want of inauguration. “As far as I was informed, the ambulances were donated by a legislature and the problem is that the Legislature has to inaugurate them but he is not in power right now. So the ambulances are waiting for the inauguration of the Legislature. Some of the ambulances were deputed to the peripheries and some are there”, she said.
She said that there is no urgent need of ambulances in the district. “There is no urgency of ambulances in the district and that is why the ambulances were not utilized till date. Besides, we have asked the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Baramulla for a detailed report regarding the matter”, she said.