Barricades on roads impeding movement of HCWs across Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 15: As the lockdown continues to arrest the spread of the COVID-19, the doctors and paramedics continue to face hurdles across Kashmir in their movement to their respective spots of duties due to barricades erected on roads.
Several doctors and paramedics said that they are forced to drive through the barricades and even face harassments by the police personnel on the roads despite clear cut directions from the higher officials of the police department.
A paramedic who has to go through the barricade almost every day at the Pantha Chowk Bye Pass told Excelsior that the forces should at least do away with the barricades erected on the roads for the health care workers.
“I don’t see the logic behind erecting barricades; they have to allow people working as doctors and paramedics or those in an emergency; what is the fun on erecting barricades and then allowing everyone to move,” a paramedic of SMHS told Excelsior over the phone.
Another person who is a doctor and has to commute every day to attend to his duties told Excelsior that the forces of ground have made a point to make us pass through the barricades erected.
“I am a doctor working at GMC and I am residing at Panthachowk. I get troubled every day while heading for duty. At Panthachowk bye pass, one side of the road is blocked and diversion is set near Lasjan. Despite being a medico, I am not allowed to pass directly and everything I am being asked to come from the diversion and after passing the diversion, everyone is allowed then,” he told Excelsior.
The healthcare workers have appealed to the administration to look into the matter and ensure safe hassle-free movement so that they could attend to the patients.