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Patients, attendants seek ramp in district hospital Shopian

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Shopian: The patients as well as attendants in south Kashmir’s Shopian district have demanded construction of a ramp at district hospital Shopian.
They said that in absence of a ramp at the hospital, they have been facing immense problems while shifting patients to second and third storey of the building.
“In absence of ramp, pregnant ladies are facing problems in order to reach second and third storey,” said an attendant who had accompanied his expecting niece to the hospital.
She said that sometimes even patients are carried on shoulders by their attendants in order to reach upper storeys.
“My son has a fractured leg and in absence of wheelchair ramp, I have no option other than to take him to second storey on my shoulder,” said father of a minor boy who had injured his leg while playing cricket.
Official sources said that wheelchair ramp was included in design of the building but due to unknown reasons, it wasn’t constructed.
They said that hospital building construction was started in year 2008 and it took at least 12 years for the JKPCC to complete the building and still the ramp was left out.
Attendants said that they have brought this issue in notice of higher up several times but to no avail.
They requested the district authorities to take up the issue and construct a wheel chair ramp so that patients as well as disabled persons won’t face any difficulties.



Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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