Residents of one of the worst flood-affected villages in Pulwama district have complained about the state government’s failure to provide adequate healthcare facilities to them after the calamity hit the region.
The flood victims in Gulzarpura village, where more than 90 per cent houses have collapsed in the calamitous deluge, are facing risks of contracting water-borne diseases in the absence of proper healthcare facilities.
Riyaz Ahmed, a resident of the village, said the villagers were in dire need of medical aid and no help had reached them after 15 days when flood first hit this part of south Kashmir. A team of healthcare officials including Chief medical officer of the area today visited the village. “The officials came, wrote a few names and left. They did not even give a single painkiller to the flood-affected villagers here,” Riyaz said.
“Whatever food grains we had stored for winters was washed away in the floods, we are lucky to be alive, but now the fear of starvation looms large on the entire village. Residents of nearby villages gave us some food grains, but now that too has finished,” Ghulam Mohammed, another resident of Gulzarpura, said. “The people here need medical help as many of them have already developed symptoms of various waterborne diseases,” Ghulam said.
“We requested the CMO for some phenyl, and he gave us a few bottles that too were diluted and when we said that it was not sufficient, he replied that he did not have enough supplies,” said Javid Ahmed another resident of the village.
“We have been left on our own, abandoned and orphaned by the government. People from nearby villages are pooling in resources to feed us. We can survive for sometime, but coming winters we will die of starvation as the floodwater has damaged our entire standing crop,” said Fayaz Mir, a resident of the village.
After being apprised of the situation, an official of the state health department said, “We have instructed our officials to work day and night to provide medical care to the flood affected people.”